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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 Carrauntoohil, the Bord Gáis Energy Book Awards and, of course, last night’s Toy Show.

So here are the standout comments from the week that was.

The 5 most popular comments this week

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1. Deborah Behan was shocked and annoyed at the theft of a cross from the top of Carrauntoohil. So were 2,509 of our readers.

What the hell? I am an atheist but I don’t know what this type of destruction serves! There is no need for this. Shame.

2. Senator Lorraine Higgins said this week that Ireland is fast becoming a lawless utopia and Mrs Shalakalananaka pointed out some problems with her claim. She got 2,438 thumbs up.

Utopia? Does she know what that word means? A lawless utopia would be a perfect society where there happens to be no laws, which is the opposite of her point.She’s’s confusing it with dystopia.

3. Tony had a simple reason for why Fine Gael’s popularity is dropping. He got 1,986 green thumbs.

Their arrogance is costing them dearly !

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4. Joe got 1,856 thumbs up for ths comment about this unemployed Balbriggan man.

Good man. That’s the kinda guy who deserves a break. I don’t mind my tax €s going to a person like that as it’s bound to be short term not a life choice like some.

5. It was almost an Irish Water-free zone in the Top 5. Almost. This one from New Day Rising got 1,844 green thumbs.

Sure it’s only tax payers money so that’s grand. Abolish this monster now

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. Enda Kenny: Sinn Féin expenses north of the border ‘off the richter scale’ (416 comments)

2. A Labour senator thinks Ireland has become a lawless utopia in the past week (344 comments)

3. The 5-metre tall steel cross on Carrauntoohil has been cut down (300 comments)

4. Poll: Should a general election be held before April 2016? (295 comments)

5. Is Fine Gael facing an election bloodbath? (278 comments)

The big issues

The government’s plans to tackle the housing crisis were announced this week and Jayo Breathnach had some thoughts.

To meet the 75,000 properties they need to have some very good incentive for landlords of private rented properties to sign up to a local authority schemes. As it stands at the moment the local authority can’t compete with private rent rates the landlords are currently getting. An additional tax write off amount has been thrown around but nothing has been set in stone yet.Aiming to accommodate the 90,000 households on the Housing Waiting Lists is a poor direction to take, they need to focus on what needs to done so that we don’t have 90’000 households that require social housing and reduce that number down.

The decision in Ferguson not to indict the policeman who shot teenager Michael Brown coincided with another fatal shooting by a cop – the victim, Tamir Rice, was a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun. Trea Lynch said:

Thank God I live in a country where if a kid is pointing a gun around in a park everybody automatically assumes its a toy and acts accordingly.

Laugh of the week

PastedImage-60692 Majella O'Donnell, winner of the Listeners' Choice Award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, with her husband Daniel O'Donnell Source: Patrick Bolger

Rock Frocks came up with this one after the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (or the BGEIBAs). We salute you.

They were going to have a horror section but felt it would scare the BGEIBAs outta people!

Standout comments of the week

Aoife Kelleher’s One Million Dubliners film has introduced Glasnevin Cemetery to a host of new visitors who flocked there last weekend. They had been touched by the story of one historian, Shane MacThomais, and An Ciarraioch‘s suggestion here got a lot of support.

Surely, the naming of a walk or building there, in Shane MacThomais’s honour, must be a priority ? Shane was a superstar of Glasnevin Cemetery and is dearly missed by all who were lucky enough to get to know him in his short, but hugely significant life there!

On another great Irish attraction, Kevin O Brien has an idea for the top of Carrauntoohil, which lost its cross last weekend.

Maybe they should replace it with a Celtic cross or a similar symbol which would maintain the Christian ethos of the cross but it would also act as a symbol of our Irish culture that us non Christians could also relate to.

FAI boss John Delaney was in the news this week for singing a Republican song in a pub. But that wasn’t a problem for Jack Murphy.

who cares about the song, John Delaney needs to apologise for his salary

In the lead-up to last night’s Late Late Toy Show, RTÉ asked for help locating the two people from the above 1988 shot. Of course, we (through George Boyle) obliged.

Hey there Thejournal.ie sure they’re only MY SISTERS!!!!

DailyEdge.ie then got to chat with Bronwyn and Carolyn.

We’ll leave you with some Jurassic Park sentiments from Tricia Golden.

Who amongst us doesn’t judge a building by it’s ability to thwart a raptor incursion?

See any good comments? Send them on to sinead@thejournal.ie

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