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Top comments of the week

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EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.

This week there was a lot of talk about Greece and the mass shooting of tourists in Tunisia.

So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.

The 5 most popular comments this week

Greece Bailout A member of the Communist-affiliated PAME labour union shouts slogans at the police during an anti-austerity protest in central Athens. Source: AP/Press Association Images

1. A lot of you shared your thoughts on remarks made by Muslim activist Anjem Choudary, who said the presence of Western civilians in Muslim countries is creating instability.

Joe Conway got 2,372 green thumbs for this comment:

So westerners shouldn’t go to Tunisia and flout Muslim laws, but Sharia law should be introduced in the UK in its entirety? Where is the parity of esteem in that argument?

2. The second most popular comment on the site this week, with 2,389 likes, was baz brock‘s simple description of the two strangers who married at first sight as part of a radio stunt.


They split up on the honeymoon.

3. Some 2,247 of you approved of Bryan Kelly‘s comment on a story about a man who was unfairly dismissed from Oxigen Environmental in 2012:

A private investigator & firing him on Christmas Eve over something that minor? Oxigen should be looking to fire that operations manager. Petty doesn’t come close.

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4. Spare a thought for reg gordon, who had some trouble thanks to the good weather.

Easier said than done
My kid threw up after only two teaspoons

Some 2,199 people appreciated his anecdote.

5. Mary Cullinane had strong words about Michael O’Brien, who was jailed for three and a half years for sexually assaulting a one-year-old baby who had been left in his care.

Some 2,123 of you agreed with her comment:

This person should never again see the light of day, with his string of convictions it is obvious that he is and will continue to be a serious threat to others when he is released. Our justice system is a joke.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. “Let the people decide” – Greece will hold referendum on bailout deal (346 comments)

2. Poll: Is the Greek government right to hold a referendum on its bailout deal? (322 comments)

3. It’s official – Greece has failed to pay for its loans with the IMF (305 comments)

4. Greek banks are now NOT OPENING for a week (283 comments)

5. Man decapitated as attacker carrying Islamist flag targets French gas factory (276 comments)

Standout comments of the week

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The funerals of Martina and Larry Hayes, who were killed in last week’s terrorist attack in Tunisia, took place in Athlone yesterday.

Tara Bleeks had this to say about the tragic situation:

The photo of the couple radiates happiness. My heart goes out too their daughter, not just today but for the rest of her life. Losing loved ones is tough but when it’s murder it adds a whole different element of grief. Rest In Peace, I hope you lived a good happy life while you were here.

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Al coholic summed up how a lot of people feel about Clodagh Cogley, one of the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse:

What a positive young person best of luck with everything

Clodagh is recovering in a rehabilitation centre in San Francisco.

On an entirely different note, Paul Somers shared his thoughts on cage diving with sharks:

No thank you. Not in a million years. Feed a shark and then get in beside it. I would prefer getting into a ring with McGregor

Speaking of the ocean, some of you were concerned when a dolphin jumped on to a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles.


Joanna made a very valid point:

Oh god! It’s just as The Simpsons predicted!

Meanwhile, I LOVE MY COUNTY went down the inevitable pun route:

I don’t think he did it on porpoise……..

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Also, we’re not sure if The Guru‘s Roman numeral skills are quite up to scratch, but we liked his comment about Magic Mike XXL nonetheless:

I’d go see Magic Mike XXL but I haven’t seen the first 29…

Finally, Laura Walsh – like a lot of us – was put to shame by a toddler who is able to scale a seven-foot climbing wall.

Ah here, way to make me feel like a complete failure.

Back to the gym, everyone.

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