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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 Console, ‘dabbing’ and Michael Healy-Rae.


The 5 most popular comments this week

1. In a poll asking readers should Ireland hold a referendum to leave the EU Oisín Ó Cuilleanáin commented to say:

We would only have to vote twice anyway.

His comment got 1,321 green thumbs.

2. The storage unit of former CEO of Console, Paul Kelly, was searched after a member of the public saw Kelly and his wife delivering goods to the locker. Daisy Chainsaw said:

Well done to the person who reported this. You are a decent human being and I hope good things happen for you.

Her comment got 1,190 likes.

3. Gardaí announced during the week they would be clamping down on motorists driving without the correct tax and insurance as part of the Summer Enforcement Campaign. Paddy Byrne commented to add his thoughts:

Whatever about tax. But People who drive without insurance deserve to have car seized. And the number of uninsured drivers are only rising because of the rip off insurance companies.

That comment got 1,013 green thumbs.

4. An eight-year-old girl was awarded €25,000 in court after she was knocked down by a car as she ran after her dog. Patricia Ellis Dunne shared her opinion on the matter:

Seems strange that the driver is liable if somebody runs out in front of them. Not a lot you can do

Her comment got 1,004 likes.

5. During the week a US archbishop said divorced Catholics should avoid sex and live “as brother and sister” instead. Fergal McDonagh commented to say:

Medieval nonsense.

992 others appeared to agree.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week 

1. ‘Baptising my son so he could go to school was the most hypocritical thing I have done’ (That article got 446 comments)

2. Five police shot dead as sniper suspect says he wanted to “kill white people” (That article got 359 comments)

3. US archbishop says divorced Catholics should avoid sex, live ‘as brother and sister’  (That article got 315 comments)

4.  Mick Wallace’s bill on fatal foetal abnormalities has been defeated (That article got 295 comments)

5. Poll: Should Ireland hold a referendum on leaving the EU? (That article got 284 comments)

Standout comments

A Texas teenager had to have part of his leg amputated after he lit 180 sparklers that were tied together and exploded. Odhran MacMurchadha commented to share his experience with pyrotechnics:

Poor kid.
Sounds a very nasty life altering injury.
My brother was obsessed with toy soldiers, I mean obsessed, he had thousands of them.
One time he set up a display on the table in the bedroom we shared which really annoyed me as I wanted to use it for something else. So I collected rolls and rolls of caps for a cap gun, painstakingly scraped the gunpowder out, added in a small mountain of sulphur and firework ingredients and waited until nightfall when we were talking in the dark then I threw a lighted match on to the table and there was a huge explosion and a large fireball which blew the table to bits and set fire to the bedroom.
Whenever we talk about it we still agree it was one of the best nights of our lives.

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There have been calls for a fixed date in the year to remember Ireland’s Great Famine as some politicians argue not enough is being done to remember those who died. Ironballs mcginty suggested any day except one:

As long as it not easter sunday. Too much guilt as i mill into me eggs

Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae spoke out about the shooting of five cattle by the Defence Forces. He called it a “disgraceful despicable act” during a Dáil hearing. NO 2 FF/FG/LAB added his thoughts on Healy-Rae’s outburst:

You’d think if the Rae dynasty had any understanding of anything it would be farming, this suggests otherwise…


TD Richard Boyd Barrett used unusual methods of ‘dabbing’ in the Dáil to make a point to listen to young people in Ireland. Goldberg commented to say:

Straight outta Dalkey

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