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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 terrorist attacks in Paris, French airstrikes in Syria, and Ray D’Arcy’s interview with Pamela Anderson.

The 5 most popular comments this week

download (1) Ray D'Arcy and Pamela Anderson Source: RTÉ

1. Neil got 2,928 green thumbs for this comment under a story about a woman who lost a defamation case against Lidl over a can of motor oil she had placed her baby buggy.

Not only was her frivilous (sic) complaint shot down, but she has to pay her costs too. Delighted.

2. After Ray D’Arcy was criticised for his interview with Pamela Anderson, PaulOD wrote:

I used to like Ray, but the more I hear him on his radio show, and see him on TV, I really can’t stand him

His comment got 2,253 likes.

3. When a minute’s silence held for the victims of the Paris attacks at the Aviva Stadium was interrupted by supporters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gerard J. Hannan wrote:

Bosnians have a right to do as they choose but not on our territory. As guests of our country they should respect our culture. Shameful indeed.

Some 2,168 of you approved.

4. After France launched ‘massive’ airstrikes on the so-called Islamic State in Syria, Paul P O’Sullivan said:

About time someone did it.

That comment got 1,928 likes.

5. Under the same story, Anthony Halpin got 1,798 green thumbs for this:

If it was Ireland Frances Fitzgerald would have expressed concern and ordered a full report. Go France! This is how you get things done.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week
1. As it happened: At least 120 people dead as Paris is hit by explosions and shootings (700 comments)
2. France has launched ‘massive’ airstrikes on Isis in Syria (428 comments)
3. As it happened: Paris on high alert after slaughter of 129 people by ‘three teams of terrorists’ (355 comments)
4. ‘Get your f**king passports and go back to your country’ (296 comments)
5. This British party wants to ban Islam … and the word ‘racism’ 9250 comments)

Standout comments of the week


We received some great news during the week – a commenter who was facing eviction has been given a two-year lease.

Back in September, our reporter Rónán Duffy spoke to an out-patient at Beaumont hospital who was threatened with losing him home.

He was struggling to find a place for himself, his wife and his three children to live due to landlords refusing to accept rental allowance. 

At the time he said that he had ten years of receipts showing that he and his wife are reliable tenants. He added that even if a landlord would accept rent allowance, the four to five weeks you need to wait for it to be granted would mean that they’ll likely find someone else first.

On Thursday, Fred Astare Astare got in touch to share his good news:

For anyone that knows me. My landlord has just phoned and I am not getting evicted. I am also getting a new 2 year lease. Time to unpack. Never thought I would get that news. Thanks to the Journal and Journal contributors for all your support. No where else to put this. There is a Santa Claus

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racist Source: Enar Ireland

Under an article about racist incidents that have been reported in Ireland in the last two years, Joy Gallagher had this to say:

This makes me physically sick to read. I’m a born and bred Dubliner, my husbands family are from Barbados and our son and our unborn daughter are mixed race . We’ve never had a bad experience as a mixed race family. We live in the UK now but come home every month because it’s important to us that our children know and feel that they are Irish, and I can honestly say we’ve only encountered positivity from people that we’ve met. I hope to god that it’s only a small poorly educated ignorant minority.

Michael Fallon added:

My Lithuanian wife regularly gets told to “f#*k off back to Poland”

To which Seán Ó Briain wrote:

I got told to stop speaking Polish one night.
I was speaking Irish.

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On a Daily Edge post about 12 things Irish people need tourists to understand Jamie McCormack had this to say:

What about when it’s a grand mild day and we break out the t-shirts, then you see a pair of Italians walking past in puffa jackets, gloves and hats. Infuriates me.

During the week we asked you if you know who your neighbours are. The poll led Dave cullen to comment:

Only met mine this morning when I was returning their trampoline

At least Storm Barney brought some people together.

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