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Top 10 readers’ comments this week

Ireland qualifying for Euro 2012, the long-awaited integrated ticketing for Dublin, whether pizza is a vegetable or not – here are some of the wittiest, most thought-provoking and original comments you made this week…

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EVERY WEEK, WE take a look at the best comments left by you, our lovely readers, onTheJournal.ie.

This week you’ve been talking about those leaked Budget documents in the German parliament, Ireland qualifying for Euro 2012, the killings in Bandon, whether Irish people are too apathetic,  Mick Wallace’s plans to move the Dáil holidays so TDs can watch the football,  why the US Congress ruled that pizza can be considered a vegetable – and much, much more.

Here’s our pick of the best comments of the week:

Ciarán McMahon was unimpressed with Denis O’Brien taking to the pages of the Irish Times to complain about bias in the Irish media:

Some day, I’d like to be rich and crazy enough to slag off a newspaper I own in the pages of another newspaper I don’t own.

Cormac Flanagan looked at the underlying issues as to why Ireland has the second-highest drug use in the whole EU:

You’ll find that most addicts are second or third generation addicts. There are stuck in a vicious cycle. The fact that they take drugs is not the problem to the wider society. It’s the crimes they commit to feed there habit.

Richard Foley had an idea for turning the disused Anglo building into a vertical park:

Heard the idea voiced some time back .. excellent idea. Why not start a trust so we can “buy a plant” for the garden. It would probably be the most cost effective option to change a derelict into a functional piece of architecture and would be far greener than demolition.

Aaron McKenna has been waiting a long time for the roll out of an integrated ticket for public transport in Dublin:

My reaction, much like waiting on a scheduled Dublin bus service on a wet day: Finally.

Veronica Curry saw the bright side in the US Congress decision that pizza can be classified as a vegetable:

Is the tomato classed as a fruit? So a pizza is a vegtable because it has tomato sauce and a tomato is a veg because its on a pizza?I’m guessing the kids are winners in the end though, who needs fruit or veg they have pizza – which is now both!

James Bowen commented on what happened the last time a government minister increased the VAT rate:

In October 2008 the late Brian Lenihan increased the vat rate by 0.5%. This turned out to be a disaster and not long after that he admitted the move backfired and said: “If I have one act of contrition — I should not have interfered with the VAT rates. It was a mistake and the wrong thing to do. We have lost €700m in revenue going to the North.”

The government should be considering reducing VAT by 2% not increasing it.

Enda Lee empathised with Alice Burke’s article about Irish people being apathetic:

I feel like this every day of the year. There’s something seriously a miss with us, have we as a people no backbone to take a stand? On anything?

In the “good times” people took a stand for themselves, now in the bad times can we not make a stand together?

Over on TheScore.ie, Ricky Smith was nostalgic for all things Italia ’90 now that Ireland have qualified for a major tournament:

Well done lads. Great to have the country back on the big stage. I think were punching above our weight in terms if size and talent. No place like here for the big game sessions. I’m hoping Esso bring back the silver coins with the faces of the players on them that fit into the green fold out holder, The Star has a sticker album, Jacobs bring back the plastic hammers, some company has the pics of the players faces on them with the sucker thing so they can be stuck to windows and we see some glass milk bottles to commemorate the occasion. If I’m missing anything 1990ish feel free to add….

Joe Conway had some advice for Dublin GAA on what it can learn from Leinster rugby:

Dublin can learn one lesson from Leinster and its that Success on the pitch increases attendances at games and participation. This in turn breed more success. They have just regained the All Ireland championship and if this is promoted in the right way it will lead to more success in the future.

And finally… Donal McCarthy wasn’t impressed with the host of RTE’s new evening time show The Social:

Craig Doyle is what would happen if Sean Moncrief was designed by a committee.

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