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# Below the Line
Here are our 10 most commented on articles in 2014
From Joan Burton to Garth Brooks, here’s what got you all talking this year.

AS ANY FREQUENT reader knows, comments are part of the lifeblood around here.

Whether they make you laugh, roll your eyes, punch the keyboard, nod your head, or just think about something in a different way, the reaction from readers is an integral part of the news stories that we publish.

There was a clearly obvious theme among the articles which got the most comments this year: They were mainly topical news stories which people felt strongly about: same-sex marriage, Joan Burton, Israel, racism, water charges, G***h B****s and Mary Lou McDonald all make the top ten.

Here’s the list in full of the articles which got the most comments this year.

1. Enda Kenny: It’s either water charges, or a 4% tax increase, or ‘boiling water for decades’Number of comments: 717

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2. All FIVE Garth Brooks concerts have been cancelled. Number of comments: 692

Music Garth Brooks Mark Humphrey / PA Wire Mark Humphrey / PA Wire / PA Wire

3. Dáil adjourned until Tuesday after Mary Lou stages four-hour sit-inNumber of comments: 686

Sinn Fein brings Dail to standstill Brian Lawless / PA Wire Brian Lawless / PA Wire / PA Wire

4. Opinion: Water fluoridation is controversial, but trust evidence over scaremongering. Number of comments: 626

Consumer Council for Water report PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

5. Two arrested over protest that trapped Joan Burton in her car for hours. Number of comments: 605

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6. Israeli Deputy Ambassador calls some Irish protesters an ‘ignorant, anti-Semitic mob’. Number of comments: 579

free-palestine-demonstration-dublins-oconnell-street-9082014-630x419-1 Ruth Medjber Ruth Medjber

7. Confirmed: Here’s how much you’ll be paying for water – and what happens if you don’t. Number of comments: 552

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8. Poll: Would you support the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Ireland? Number of comments: 546

Anti Israeli Protests Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

9. Racist graffiti painted opposite Immigrant Council offices. Number of comments: 542

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10. Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O’Neill. Number of comments: 515

Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2009. Pictured at the launch of the Programme for Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2009 are performance artist Panti, who will take part in Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival for the first tim Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

All figures correct at the time of being compiled

Read: The 10 most read stories on TheJournal.ie in 2014 >

Read: The 10 most popular comments on TheJournal.ie in 2014 > 

And just for comparison: Here are our top 10 most commented-on articles in 2013 > 

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