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The 10 most popular comments on TheJournal.ie in 2016

From garda pay to gangland crime, here are the comments which got the most thumbs up from readers this year.

INTERNET COMMENTERS CAN get a lot of flak sometimes.

However, they play a big part here on TheJournal.ie. Every day several thousand comments are left on the site, shaping the discussion and kickstarting some lively debates (and despite what some commenters might believe, only a tiny number ever have to be deleted).

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 comments which received the most thumbs up from other readers this year. As you might expect, some of the most popular comments were among the first posts on a breaking news story, expressing what many people felt about an issue. Some were funny, some insightful and some were sympathetic.

So here are the 10 comments with the most thumbs up this year. And before you ask – no, we’re not going to do a list of the comments which received the most thumbs down. That would be too cruel.

1. The most popular comment this year was by Tom Daly on the article written by a garda who detailed what life was like on the frontline earning €23,000 a year. He got 3,125 thumbs up.

Well written and a fair, personal commentary on our national priorities.

File Photo Rank-and-file gardai have voted to accept a Labour Court recommendation on improved pay and conditions which last month averted strike action. The Government estimates the deal will cost 50million euro. Source: RollingNews.ie

2. The second most popular comment was from SCO Electrical on the article about the unveiling of the new Cabinet in May. This comment got 3,033 thumbs up.

No one cares. There’s a plane on a boat here in Enniscrone

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3. Colin Byrne had the third most popular comment this year with 3,003 thumbs up on the article about Making a Murderer lawyer Dean Strang defending how Ray D’Arcy handled an interview with him. He got 3,003 thumbs up.

Man, this guy just can’t help defending lost causes.

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4. In fourth place was Eamonn, who got 2,773 thumbs up for this comment on the article about Luas drivers being placed on protective notice for going on strike.

Their biggest mistake was striking on Easter Sunday. What sympathy I had is now gone.

25/5/2016 Luas Trams Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

5. This comment from Shane Denham on the article about Eddie Hutch, brother of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch got 2,605 thumbs up:

Annnnnddddd… they’re off..

8/2/2016. Gangland Murders Crime Scenes Source: RollingNews.ie

6. The sixth most popular comment was from Liam Dunne on the article about Irish jihadist Terence ‘Khalid’ Kelly dying in a suicide attack for Islamic State in Iraq. He got 2,522 thumbs up.

Enjoy the virgins you LUNATIC

7. Cannijuana Seeds summed up what a lot of people were thinking in the aftermath of Britain voting to leave the EU in June. This comment got 2,418 thumbs up:

Flock me I didn’t think it would actually happen..

EU referendum Source: Nick Ansell/PA

8. The eighth most popular comment was from Nic Antonio, who got 2,415 thumbs up for this comment on an article about a Fine Gael Senator who complained to the GAA after failing to get an All-Ireland ticket:

Plenty of hard working fans that attend everything from O’Byrne cup games to league games that can’t get a ticket either.She can stick that sense of entitlement.

9. Pt pat got 2,372 thumbs up for this comment on an article about the charity CEOs who earn high salaries (and those who don’t):

Fair play to Adi Roche and Maureen Forrest, I don’t think anybody could question their commitment to helping people.

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10. Last but not least, in tenth place is Don Juan who got 2,314 thumbs up for this comment on the article about a man who was jailed for five years for knocking down and killing a toddler after a vodka and cocaine binge:

Oh dear. 5 years. I’d like to think a child’s life would be worth more than that.

Criminal Courts of Justice Source: PA Archive/PA Images

All figures correct when compiled

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