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Feb 27th 2016, 9:00 AM 12,861 18

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 general election, water charges and a €90 million office development in Cork.

The 5 most popular comments this week

90409391 Karen O'Connell from Co Kerry at the Right2Water protest. Source:

1. When the Taoiseach apologised for the ‘whingers’ remark he made in Castlebar, Niall Duffy commented:

I reckon his handlers got a hold of him over the weekend and told him to keep his mouth shut

That one got 1,192 green thumbs.

2. On another election-related article, jane got 1,170 green thumbs for this remark about Tánaiste Joan Burton:

She has been a disaster in the leaders debates.

3. After the last 18 months of a seven-year sentence handed down to a man described as a “menace to society” were suspended so he could reform himself, David Peate wrote:

reform??? after 166 convictions??? ask me hole

That one got 1,120 likes.

4. After the mass water charges protest in Dublin last weekend, Gerry Ryan deG got 992 green thumbs for this comment:

I paid water charges in the 1990’s, remember the day well, paying over money I could have done with to support the family.
My neighbours didn’t bother paying.
The Govt changed and water charges were abolished.
Did I get a refund, No I Didn’t.
Were my neighbours pursued for the debt, No they were’nt.
Did I pay water charges this time, Like Fcuk I Did.
While there’s a Party or candidates running in this election promising to get rid of water charges, history tells me that only a Fool would pay.

5. In the same thread, Valthebear wrote:

I have worked all my life and never ever claimed a penny off the state. Was proud to march today

Some 944 people approved.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. Thousands take to the streets for Right2Change rally in Dublin (400 comments)

2. ‘The one thing I’m certain of is that we’re not at 4%’ – Howlin plays down latest opinion poll (381 comments)

3. As it happened: The final leaders’ debate of the 2016 general election (321 comments)

4. Relief for Fine Gael as latest poll sees Kenny and co make gains (313 comments)

5. Muslim woman has bottle thrown at her in racist Dublin attack (300 comments)

Standout comments

download Source: Enda Cavanagh Photography

News of a massive €90 million office development planned for Cork city sparked an interesting discussion in the comments section.

China Photo Daily wrote:

Good news for Cork but you’d have to worry about the trend of companies leaving the city centre for industrial estates in the suburbs. One Albert Quay looks great but across the river you have hundreds of feet of empty office space. My friend was working for Bord Gais and they were the last company to move out of a now completely empty office building a two minute walk away from One Albert.

While Cal Cryton added:

Looks good. 360,000 sq feet should provide employment for 4,000 workers.
More high density developments in the centre of Cork & Dublin please. And we need some tall buildings, we don’t want the whole of our city centres to look like low rise business parks.

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Under a DailyEdge article about the distinctive smells of Dublin, Beano wrote this evocative comment:

Ah I remember the smell of the old John Player factory in Tallaght. You also had the Jacobs factory up the road. A mix between fags and fig rolls. Magical times

download (2) People Before Profit candidate Adrienne Wallace Source: Ken McGuire

During the week, Carlow-Kilkenny election hopefuls were put through a series of unusual challenges by KCLR 96FM, such as handling a snake and performing squats.

Eyepopper was not impressed, writing:

“The candidates were then put through a bout of exercise, performing squats while local fitness trainer Paulie Ward waved pizza in their faces.” Meanwhile, the bones of Connolly, Collins & Pearse were discovered in a remote location in Australia, after investigation it was found that the most likely explanation was they were spinning so fast in their graves that they managed to tunnel through to the other side of the planet.

When footage of 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin dancing with Barack and Michelle Obama was shared by the White House, Dermot Lane had a very Irish response:

Good woman! Keep her lit!

Under a post about good work habits, Kevin Ryan wrote:

Pro career tip: don’t get caught spending ages reading and commenting on

work Source: orla

Speaking of things that happen in offices, Kirk Van Houten had this to say:

I’m the one who brings the fish dinners into where I work, I don’t even eat them I just hate my co workers

Side note: How is Milhouse doing, Kirk?

download (1) Source: Dublin Bus

Upon hearing the news that Dublin Bus was selling a load of old double-deckers, John commented:

You wait ages for a bus and then 84 come together, typical !!


Given the week that’s in it, we’ll leave the last word to Tommy Chen, who had this to say about TV3′s steady hand challenge with political leaders:

I definitely made up my mind about who to vote for after this

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