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Top readers’ comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the wittiest, most thought-provoking and original comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?

Michael Spain and Joseph McCarthy jump into the Liffey in Dublin's city centre on Wednesday as temperatures rose to 19 degrees
Michael Spain and Joseph McCarthy jump into the Liffey in Dublin's city centre on Wednesday as temperatures rose to 19 degrees
Image: Lauren Hutton/Photocall Ireland

IT’S BEEN A lively week here at TheJournal.ie.

Every Saturday, we like to take a look back at all the comments left by you lot on the site over the week and pick out the ones that most grabbed our attention. It’s our way of highlighting the most interesting, funniest, and unexpected things said by our readers over the past few days.

This week, the upcoming deadline for paying – or not – the household charge exercised a lot of you – as did the results from Census 2011, the ongoing fallout from the Mahon Tribunal report, the brief but much appreciated sunny weather, a runaway elephant in Cork and the longawaited announcement of a sequel to Anchorman.

In no particular order, here at the standout comments from the week…

Tá áthas an domhain orm an duais seo a glacadh ar son contae Liathroim. I’d especially like to thank the back room team and congratulate the other 25 counties on a valiant effort. I want to thank God, Boxty and Larry Cunningham. Not forgetting the N4, Dustin and John Ellis. We hope to continue this success by reclaiming the number one spot in emigration, unemployment and begrudgery by the next census.

- Conor Gately had this response on our Facebook page to the news from the census that Leitrim had the highest proportion of vacant properties in Ireland. Thanks for accepting the honour on behalf of Leitrim, Conor.

How about they give it to charity, go a long way to restoring some face with the public.

- Fianna Fáil’s very public feud over the ownership of Bertie Ahern’s former constituency office came to an end on Thursday night with the news that the trustees are to hand St Luke’s over to the main party. Jason Walsh had this suggestion for what could be an even better way to end the saga.

Wonder what search engine he used?

- Amazon’s boss Jeff Bezos claims he has located the long-lost rockets from the Apollo 11 mission in the Atlantic Ocean. Faceless Man had a question though.

Why is it always up to college students to complain about it? The only people I know that were ever happy about votes being on a weekday were happy because it was an excuse to get an hour or two of work. Pity we can’t just be a proper democracy that has it from a Friday to a Sunday to allow as many people exercise their right as possible.

– Should the polling date for the EU fiscal treaty referendum be on a Thursday? One of the polls this week kicked off a big debate about it, with Val Kearney explaining why he thought a Thursday polling day is problematic.

If this treaty is that important then it doesn’t matter if it’s a Thursday, Friday or Christmas Day. Make the effort and vote.

- Meanwhile on the Facebook page, Luke McDermott thought otherwise.

I think Soaps are really bad for it too, time was when something happened they put the kettle on! Now after a murder or a fire they all break open the Ernest and Gallo.

Now to someone may watch Eastenders and go I wish I was like that  moderately attractive single Mum with a sister in prison and no real prospects in life. They might just about. But who would watch the cretins on Tallafornia and think to themselves that they want to be like one of them? Does anyone really?

- Monday’s poll asked if reality TV shows set a bad example for home drinking – and Lisa Saputo pointed out that it wasn’t just reality shows to blame.

France (like Ireland) does not yet provide the right to marry to a same-sex couple but it permits a woman marry a man who is deceased. Very odd.

- Conor Gallagher points out one of the quirks of French law on an article about how a woman in France is to marry her partner who was killed by Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah.

I am not an “arty” type but I am genuinely disappointed in this. I wish I had made an effort to get into see the art work on display.

-Teflon Coated got a lot of recommendations for this comment about how artworks were removed from the abandoned Anglo headquarters on Dublin’s quays during the week.

The story is a good analogy for Ireland inc. – “When you are going through hell all you can do is – KEEP GOING”
Well done Jason – best wishes with the business – we need more guys like you. And well done Gavin too – great to see a real human dragon!

- In Thursday’s column, Gavin Duffy of Dragon’s Den wrote about how one presentation on the show made him cry. There was a huge response from readers – including this one from David Whelan.

Finally, we couldn’t pick just one, but the comments about the sequel to Anchorman, announced by Ron Burgundy this week, led to a great quote-off from commenters. Don’t think we can pick just one… any favourites?

Spot any comments which you think should be included next week? Mail christine@thejournal.ie with any suggestions

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