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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 Irish Water, Caitlyn Jenner and a horrific rape case in court.

So here are the standout comments from the week that was.

The 5 most popular comments this week

1. People were angered at the suspended sentence handed down to convicted rapist Magnus Meyer Hustveit About 3,684 readers agreed with Sam when she said said:

2. Conor McGregor is a divisive figure. This is Alan Ludlow‘s take, which 2,748 of you liked.

Love him or hate him, the guy walks the walk…

3. David Garland makes a similar point to Sam above and gets 2,345 green thumbs.

I have a letter on my kitchen table warning me that if I don’t pay a fine of €180 for not backdating my TV licence I will be arrested and jailed… It seems the state are more worried about you doing them out of a few quid than they are of you committing the horrendous act of rape..

4. Paul Fahey keeps it simple on the same topic, garnering 1,885 green thumbs.

The Judiciary and their attitude to sentencing in this country needs a radical overhaul.

5. David Murphy took issue with a headline on a piece about the murder of a prostitute and got support from 1,716 readers.

Should the headline not be that a man confessed to the murder of a woman, or does her profession mitigate the seriousness of the crime?

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

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1. This emotional Caitlyn Jenner speech has had everyone talking today (384 comments)

2. Revealed: Less than half of Irish Water customers have paid their bills (330 comments)

3. The woman raped by her boyfriend as she slept has been speaking out all day (248 comments)

4. The government is ‘very happy’ that less than half of Irish Water customers have paid (217 comments)

5. Yanis Varoufakis has a swipe at Ireland in his latest interview (209 comments)

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Standout comments of the week 

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Sharon Kelly shared a devastating story with us following the crash in Laois last week.

Such tragic news for all families involved, having lost my own brother in a car accident last year I have witnessed the devastation it brings to a family. Watching my parents bury their youngest child was the most heartbreaking thing. I beg everyone to take care on the roads..no one knows what’s around the next corner and in the blink of an eye a life can be destroyed..my sympathies to the families.

On Conor McGregor, Now or Never says:

I genuinely doubted him, but shame on me!!!! Damn tough cookie and fully deserved the win, backed up everything he said and gotta appreciate the genuine nice comments from both Conor and Chad after the fight, class and respect!!!

We’re sure catherine doesn’t really mean this but we’re sure there will be many parents who agree with her description of their sprogs.

Spending your own money on just yourself! Now that’s fecking heaven. Children…. financial vampires sucking you dry of every cent you own. They better pay for a top of range nursing home for me when the time.e comes. That’s all I’m saying!

On another note, SmidgenDublin gives her assessment on being a single.

I love being single. After massive heartbreak from a long term relationship, recovery and a period of loneliness it dawned on my how much happier I was on my own. I decided to embrace. All the reason above are valid but the best reason to be on your own (to me) is how much I can give to other family members and friends and then have my own time without feeling I short changed them or feel burdened. Worse thing is how much all my work colleagues who have families take it for granted that I’ll pick up their slack when they have other responsibilities. That and people stupidly/ignorantly assuming that you’re selfish. I know far more very selfish people in relationships with children who expect and take for granted so much from their children and partners.

Commenting on Irish Water’s figures which revealed fewer than half of its customers have paid so far, bacoxy said:

Yeah, funnily enough, when I got 43% in my English leaving cert my mother didn’t see it as a solid start!

don lavery paid tribute to the young woman who saved a suicidal man’s life last week.

It does only take one person to make a difference. Well done to that young woman for her humanity and bravery.

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