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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 abortion, feminism and a row that has broken out at a Kildare church.

The 5 most popular comments this week

1. Peter Cavey got 945 green thumbs for his reaction to London City Airport having to close its runway due to a protest.

Idiots. Someone should just kick them back into the dock and fine the for lost revenue.

2. There were 881 positive responses to EC P Ford‘s comment about an off-duty garda being beaten up at a GAA game.

When is this going to stop this is downright thuggery and people responsible should be prosecuted

3. As the country mourned the Hawe family in Cavan, Alan Kelly’s Ego said:

No getting away from the fact that this was an act of pure evil

He received 854 thumbs up.

4. Ben McArthur got 833 nods from other readers for his participation in a debate surrounding a secondary school’s decision to not offer a place to a 12-year-old boy.

Child doesn’t get a place in a school because his parents don’t fill out the form. Within a week, the Department of Education have arranged private education.How exactly is this like 1950s Alabama?

5. We asked this week if you believe in miracles. Blind Faith had this answer… 

It’s all about which perspective you view it from . . The sinking of the Titanic was a miracle to the lobsters in the ship’s kitchen.

At least 813 readers agreed.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

7/9/2016. Abortion Protests Issues

1. ‘I walked past people with signs about how I was a murderer’: Getting an abortion as a teenager (346 comments) 

2. Gay married couple in Kildare leave church choir after “hateful stuff” from parishioner (273 comments) 

3. What do women want to change about Ireland? #FeministAgenda is trying to find out (246 comments) 

4. Water protester who called President Higgins a ‘midget parasite’ is spared jail (244 comments)

5. How rogue crisis pregnancy agencies have been operating outside the law here for more than a decade (243 comments)

Standout comments


Yes, we’ve all been this soldier, Titus Groan.

It’s like in college, avoiding your ex in an old lecture hall. Ah, memories… / YouTube

The final flats due to be demolished at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin were torn down this week. We mischievously like this bit of black humour from Ken Pepper.

Very insensitive timing seeing Mother Teresa died this week

Sean took our quiz about what type of flatmates you should have – and we enjoyed his initial thoughts.

My flatmates are noisy, rude, messy and ungrateful and never have money. But my wife won’t let me kick them out. Our kids, our responsibility she says.

On Thursday night, we shared an article about Ireland’s rescue dogs. It warmed all your hearts, as the comments you left warmed ours. Here’s one from Marie Gunbay.

Agree 100% Fintan. Our dog Blackie was diagnosed with Cancer at Easter and the vet gave him 3 to 6 months.
We are dreading the time when we will have to make that decision because we do not want him to suffer.
He is doing well at the moment…. he is on medication (including human insulin…the canine insulin wasn’t working)
He still has a good quality of life, still enjoying his walks and paddles in the sea and his grub. His coat is still lovely and shiny and his tail is always wagging. We take him to the vet every two weeks for a check up and to have his blood sugar tested. Its costing us a fortune but he is worth every penny. We have him 14 years such a big part of our lives.


A black and shiny coat
An old face and a cold nose
A doggie breath
A doggie smell
Round and cuddly
Big Brown eyes
Likes to sit and stare
His needs are simple
A bowl of water
A dish of food
A pat on the head
A scratch on the ear
A soft cozy bed
A walk on the beach
A swim in the sea
A ride in the car
Sniffing trees
Chasing cats
Shedding hair
Sharing our lives
Walking and running
A wagging tale to tell
They are the best
Our loyal and gentle
Four legged friends

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