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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 Fine Gael, a horrific attack on a referee and the arrival of Irish First Dates.

*Yes, due to a scheduling error, last Saturday’s went awry but we’ve put last week’s top comments below

The 5 most popular comments this week

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1. Mark Scott got 2,503 thumbs up for this comment on a piece about a gay couple who wrote about their experiences in a Dublin restaurant.

So what we have here is an unsubstantiated, anonymous complaint about an unnamed restaurant. Outstanding.

2. Last weekend, a volunteer referee was attacked during a football match. Joachin Peiper got 2,073 green thumbs for observing:

An assault is an assault…end of.

3. And on the same story, Doctor Tickled received 1,991 nods.

He has to face the Dublin District Schoolboys League??? He should be facing a judge!!

4. PM1878 said what many of us were thinking about the Young Fine Gael debacle this week. At least 1,763 of you appreciated his point.

They called to his House, that sounds familiar..

5. Richard Cheney is not impressed with the government and neither are 1,716 other readers. 

““It’s difficult to fathom,” one TD told us today. Others reported being baffled and surprised at the poll result.” That’s what happens when you are so detached from the electorate and general population, clapping each other on the back at party conferences and having spoiled brats from the plush suburbs in Lab Youth and YFG telling you you are great, meanwhile, back on Planet Reality, everyone else knows you’re just a bunch of self-serving ____s.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

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1. Support for Fine Gael just keeps rising and rising (317 comments)

2. Sinn Féin wants a vote pact with other left-wing parties – but not everyone’s up for it (261 comments)

3. ‘We’ll do whatever it takes to change this’ – Abortion pill bus arrives in Dublin (237 comments)

4. Is Labour finished? (230 comments)

5. Gay couple asked to leave Dublin restaurant for holding hands (208 comments)

Last week’s 5 most popular comments 

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1. On hearing the draw for the Euro 2016 play-offs, Samhain. said:

How come we have to play Bosnia AND Herzegovina…..typical FAI.

And got 1,834 thumbs up.

2. IrishGravyTrain – and at least 1,660 readers – are not OK with door-to-door charity collectors.

This practice should be banned. Should be made illegal to call to someones home.

3. A GAA player’s powerful victim impact statement after losing the sight in one of his eyes led Barry Walsh to comment:

Dirty animal to do that,poor man’s life changed forever,and the gaa are a crowd of tossers who haven’t the common decency to so much as ask the man is he ok

He received 1,622 thumbs up.

4. Uncle Monty‘s reaction to the idea that everybody’s porn browsing history could be revealed got 1,597 green thumbs.

Hard drive just smashed to bits there with the hammer. Phone is next, can’t be too careful. Au revoir.

5. Always controversial, David Norris said last week he wouldn’t mind a whit if same-sex cousins got married. Rehabmeerkat got 1,407 thumbs for this one:

jaysus…. his cousins will be worried

The top 5 articles which received the most comments last week

1. Provisional IRA members leafleting and electioneering for Sinn Féin – report (315 comments)

2. Who runs Sinn Féin? (277 comments)

3. Poll: Should the government ban parents from smacking their children? (245 comments)

4. Pro-choice campaigners take ‘abortion pill bus’ across Ireland (238 comments)

5. Woman arrested after racist rant against Muslims caught on video (222 comments)

Standout comments

We all got some bad (ish) news about our Sunday fry-ups earlier this week. But Phil O’Meara has a solution.

I found it very hard to quit but have been eating e-sausages for some time now and they’re great!

Nicola Lawless reacts to Graham and Helen Linehan’s emotionally raw video about the baby they lost.

Imagine that? Just try and imagine what that would be like for those 2 people (what it is like for people who have this issue) Walking around with a pregnancy bump and being congratulated and asked about due date etc. That would be emotional torture. No nursery to do up. No baby to bring home. No excitement about the due date. Someone I know if a stenographer in a maternity hospital. When they diagnose these conditions in a scan they never see these ladies again. They have to trek to the UK and come home bruised and battered and drained. They can’t (and don’t) present for aftercare. Their husbands and partners helpless and hopeless. It’s a shameful indictment of our care for mothers and fathers who have to go through this. He’s right – grow the f@#k up Ireland.

selfsustainable got a lot of thumbs up for this one:

I give everyone a chance, I’ve worked in retail for 25 years, in every place I worked and managed the same group would come in, I had no problem with them until they robbed some stock one day. I told them not to come back. I then managed another store and they came in again, I told them I’d give them another chance but if they robbed again that would be it. they robbed again. I then barred them from the next two places I managed, however another well known family came into every business I worked in, they were absolute ladies and to this day I’d trust them with anything. I still meet them and a few months ago they came into the store I owned at the time to ask if they could get some dresses sent to my home as they lived on a halting site and couldn’t get them delivered there. I said no problem. they rewarded me with sending their brothers out to clean the whole front of my house including gutterings and driveway. Unfortunately in my 43 years on this earth, this family is the only good experience I have had with travellers but it’s as simple as this, I respect anyone, no matter who they are as long as they respect me. I count these girls as my friends.

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We are really looking forward to the Irish version of First Dates – and Abbi Cranky sums up why.

First dates is amazing!
A beautiful hour it tv where no one is out to show anyone in a bad light.The concept does sound cringeworthy. But as mentioned, the reality is something nice and heartwarming nearly all the time.In this brutal world of car crash tv it’s an oasis of niceness that reminds us that humans can be good.

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