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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 Brexit, Zika virus fears and Robbie Brady.

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The 5 most popular comments this week:

1. After the UK voted to leave the EU in an incredibly tight referendum, Cannijuana Seeds commented about the shock result:

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

That comment got 2,228 likes.

2. When Ireland qualified for the last 16 in Euro 2016 on Wednesday, JC used a quote from the Snapper to sum up a lot of people’s reactions to the historic win over Italy:

‘I haven’t cried since I was a kid’ ‘You cried during the World Cup….’ ‘Sober Sharon! SOBER!!!’

That comment got 1,743  green thumbs.

3. When news broke that Rory McIlroy pulled out of the Rio Olympics over fears about the Zika virus, Philip Murphy added his thoughts on the matter:

Something gives me the feeling he was only looking for an excuse not to participate.

His comment got 1,206 green thumbs.

4.  In a poll during the week asking should Universal Social Charge be abolished, Donncha Ó Coileáin commented on the issue:

Like here in Sweden, there should just be tax. One clean deduction from your salary. By all means have an upper rate for higher incomes. But just none of this PAYE, PRSI and USC rubbish designed just to confuse people. Three taxes to all send the money to the same place.

His comment got 1,003 green thumbs.

5. Over on our article about David Cameron resigning in the wake of the Brexit result, Aidan Duggan wrote:

He got 869 thumbs up for that.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. Off to France without a ticket? We’ve (probably) the very last pairs for Ireland v Italy (This article got 303 comments)

2. BREXIT: The UK has voted to leave the European Union (This article got 299 comments)

3.  ‘LGBT people have been terrorised for a very long time’ (This article got 253 comments)

4. On the death of Jo Cox: Racist rhetoric contributes to the rise in violence (This article got 248 comments)

5.Rory McIlroy pulls out of the Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears (This article got 244 comments)

Standout comments

During the week Dublin City Council announced they are set to ban backing tracks for buskers but amplifiers are still allowed.

Al Ca commented to say

Ah Jaysus!….my street dance routine is going to make me look a right prat now without the music. :(

Golf McIlroy Out Charlie Riedel Charlie Riedel

People shared their opinions when Rory McIlroy pulled out of the Rio Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus. Oisín O’Regan shared a piece of news from last month:

“I feel like the advice I’ve sought out over the past 10 days has put my mind at ease and makes me more comfortable going down there knowing that, even if I do contract Zika, it’s not the end of the world. It takes six months to pass through your system and you’re fine.” – Rory McIlroy at the start of this month


Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell came into during the week to tell us why Irish people love country music.

Brian O’Donnell commented to say:

I like two kinds of music. Country AND Western.

Any relation to the Donegal legend Brian?

Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice spoke out against the HSE saying a patient can’t get a device he needs to save his leg from being amputated.

Ciaran De Bhal thinks the government needs a new minister:

When all the arguments are boiled down to a simple synopsis, “the HSE will fund the amputation of a leg, but will not fund the machine to save it”, then it’s time we founded a Ministry of Common Sense. So many decisions are made in isolation throughout this country, without an eye on the bigger picture. We need somebody with a common sense approach to decision making, whose decisions, based on common sense, would supersede the decisions made by “suits”, in government, that simply don’t make sense.

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