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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 talk about smoking in pubs, Panti Bliss and Sinead O’Connor.

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The 5 most popular comments this week:

1. After reports that Sinead O’Connor had gone missing after a bicycle ride in Chicago, she turned up safe and sound Monday evening. Gerald Carey commented saying;

People can say what they like about SOC. I’ll always remember when the genocide in Rwanda happened,she donated a house in London that was worth over 1million pounds to the relief effort. She is a good person with a big heart. Hope she is found safe and well.

His comment got 2,036 likes.

2. Vincent Browne wrote an article voicing his opinions on appointing ministers to the cabinet who have no experience in that field. Gary Guilfoyle said:

Fact. We should look towards Canada where all ministers are qualified in their fields.

That comment got 1,469 likes.

3.  When a suspected explosive device found in Old Trafford turned out to be a training device that was left behind after an exercise. The manager of a security firm admitted to his mistake, Ludie Creech commented on the article to say:

It’s refreshing to see someone today with enough integrity and fortitude to own their mistakes and accept responsibility. It’s rare. Well done, sir. Now we shall see how tolerant society truly is.

The comment got 1,412 green thumbs.

4. After junior health minister Finian McGrath suggested designated smoking areas in pubs and restaurnats could work in Ireland, made a poll on what people thought of it. rory conway commented to say:

A Health Minister proposes this ? Joke.

His comment got 1,372 likes

5.  When Dublin City council rejected an application to keep the famous Pantibar sign up. Panti Bliss said she would “fight it tooth and acrylic nail” to keep it up. Eucrid commented to say:

Lets be honest, that sign is tacky.

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That comment got 1,150 green thumbs.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week 

1. ‘Like most of my friends, I baptised my children so they could go to school’: The anger of Ireland’s non-religious parents (465 comments)

2. More than 3,400 Irish women travelled to UK for abortions in 2015 (341 comments)

3. Criminalising abortion does nothing to prevent it (301 comments)

4. Poll: Would you welcome ‘smoking rooms’ in Irish bars and restaurants? (216 comments)

5. The state of Irish Water: 8,000 cancelled direct debits and 21% drop in revenue (179 comments)

Standout comments

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After a man accidentally live streamed his wife giving birth to thousands of people, Joe Murphy came up with this one liner.

Foetal Attraction ..

When all the junior ministers were announced this week. Dominic Carr said:

No minister for the kitchen sink?

When Rosemary McCabe opened up about being on anti-depressants because she suffers from depression. CeeBee Barker shared their experience and their hope for the future.

 Extremely well-said. I wish you all the very best. The roll of the genetic dice has meant that I am lucky not to have depression myself but I currently know several friends and relatives who do and just as with all illnesses some manage it better than others. Sadly I have also known others who sank so low they couldn’t see a way out and ended their own lives. All of them very much loved people but the illness was stronger.
I hope for the day when people can at least be open about their depression (and other mental illness) as they would about anything else so that they can access all the services open to them but also receive support from those closest to them.
I’m currently reading ‘Furiously Happy’ by Jenny Lawson. She is known as The Bloggess. She is very open about her depression and also happens to be hilarious. I recommend it to everyone (as well as her previous book ‘Let’s s never happened’)

In an article about 12 things Dublin people will never understand about the country. Jim Hartnett swapped it on the Dubs.

Things that country folk don’t get about Dublin folk. How a vile concoction like Coddle can be eaten by any sane adult.

He clearly never had a good coddle.

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With mental health such a topical issue at the moment, spoke to three young people who live with mental health conditions during the week. David Grey  commented on the article showing his support.

I would really like to commend these people that go public on their mental health issues, they are inspiring individuals and help so many people just by being so open and their faces not being hidden! Mental Health affects most people at some stage, either ongoing or at a point in time, understanding and compassion is growing and needs to grow far more! Recognising you have a mental health issue is the first step towards help and recovery! It is often the hardest thing about mental health – admitting to yourself that you need help- Society needs to crush any remaining stigma in this area!

When scientists in Australia found evidence that a huge asteroid had struck Earth early into its life. 3Monkey came up with a plan to save the planet in case it ever happened again.

I have a cunning plan.We will wait for the comet to get close enough.Then launch a mission to land astronauts and miners on its surface.Holes will be drilled and clever bombs inserted.They will be detonated simultaneously diverting the asteroid from its destructive path and in turn saving mankind. Whaddaya think ?

Sounds kinda familiar, maybe this guy should direct movies.

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