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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 the refugee crisis, the Rugby World Cup and the ploughing.

The 5 most popular comments this week

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2015 - Pool B - South Africa v Japan - Brighton Community Stadium Source: PA Wire/PA Images

1. Conor Power‘s take on a recent employment case ruling received 2,510 thumbs up.

Glad to see common sense prevailing, which doesn’t always seem to be the case at these things. Good policy re: not excluding other employees seems a fair policy.

2. We think this was the entire world’s sentiment summed up after Japan beat South Africa last weekend (yes, that really did happen). It got 2,320 green thumbs for Brian Brian.

Holy sh*tballs!!!!! What a game!!!]

3. Alan Conroy received 1,858 thumbs up for not empathising with a transgender woman after she missed her flight because her penis was flagged as an anomaly in a full-body scan.

“The TSA agent asked Petosky to go back through the body scanner with it changed to a male calibration setting, something she refused to do. ” So all this person had to do was to go back through the machine with a different setting and refused to? Non story

4. Colin Moran has a zero tolerance approach to crime – and at least 1,506 you agree.

Want to stop people breaking into your house? Keep the bustards locked up the first time they do it!

5. And, finally, Peter Keenan doesn’t want an extra Bank Holiday to celebrate the same-sex marriage referendum. Either do 1,475 of those who gave him a thumbs up.

All for same sex marriage but Jaysus, let’s not get carried away.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. ‘They’re overrunning us’ – Hungary PM as army gets sweeping anti-migrant powers (311 comments)

2. Sinn Féin councillor defends calling people who run Irish rugby ‘West Brits’ (291 comments)

3. Overcoming opposition, EU approves plan to relocate 120,000 migrants (274 comments)

4. Poll: Who will you vote for in the next election? (264 comments)

5. A transgender woman made to miss flight after penis appears on body scanner (247 comments)

Other standouts

Eddie Barrett paid a lovely tribute to the late judge Paul Carney.


Headline? Farmers want prenups to protect them from ‘gold diggers’

This was inevitable so, right?


Earlier this week, we posted this video on Facebook of students from a school in New Zealand who treated customers and staff of Junction 14 Mayfield, Kildare, to a display of the haka. The comments were mostly positive but a couple of people didn’t appreciate the ritual, to which Denise responded:

My name is Denise and I am the manager of the Wairoa college Rugby Academy and First XV. Firstly I want to confirm that this group of young men are 100 per cent Maori and secondly to respond to the negative comments on this post.
Our boys, while at Supermacs met a New Zealander working there who requested a haka, the manager agreed and our boys thought it would be great to give him a taste of home. We perform songs and haka a our way of thanking your country for your hospitality while we are here and to share our culture.
I never expected to see negative comments from a country that shares similarities to us in the preservation of our culture and language in our own countries. These boys are proud young men who have worked hard to travel half way round the world to play rugby and make lifelong friends and memories.
It would be appreciated if you didn’t leave negative comments because I don’t want our boys to think that saying thank you in our culture is wrong. Not all haka are the same, this one that they perform is about our college and where we are from. Cheers Denise

Finally, DailyEdge.ie discovered this inane post on Facebook during the week.


The perfect responses here…


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