Top comments of the week

Top comments of the week

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 talk about the Eighth Amendment, sexting, the Leaving Cert and Muhammad Ali.

Sixties At 50 Becoming AliMuhammad Ali standing over fallen challenger Sonny Liston in May 1965. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The 5 most popular comments this week:

1. A flight to Germany was diverted to Dublin after a medical emergency on board. However there were not enough hotel rooms available for everyone due to Bank Holiday Monday so the flight had to carry on to Frankfurt that evening. Evais Doves commented to say:

Headline should read “Cheaper for plane to fly back to Germany than pay over the top hotel prices in Dublin”

That comment got 1,300 likes.

2. A man was sentenced to four and a half years for sexually abusing his four daughters. Stephen kavanagh said it was an “unbelievably light sentence”.

His comment got 1,232 green thumbs.

3. Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill apologised for offensive comments he made on Today FM during the week. Jon Walters commented on the article to say:

It’s a sad day when the Irish can’t take jokes anymore

His comment got 1,229 green thumbs.

4. Last weekend hundreds turned out for Celebrate the 8th – an anti-abortion event held in Dublin city centre. James Dunphy added his thoughts on the controversial matter:

Whether you agree with abortion or not. Whether your religion allows it or not. Women should be able to make the decision themselves.

1,082 others appeared to agree.

5.French extremist was arrested carrying an arsenal of weapons and allegedly planning to attack the Euro 2016 football championships in France. Timmay Timeo replied to a commenter who questioned the man’s need for 20 balaclavas.

Not necessarily, probably an Aldi special offer, buy 1 get 19 free

That comment got 1,066 likes.

The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week

1. UN: Ireland must compensate woman forced to travel abroad for abortion (This article got 605 comments)

2. Hundreds turn out for ‘Celebrate the 8th’ anti-abortion event in Dublin (This article got 508 comments)

3. People are divided on the Eighth Amendment, but half want it repealed (This article got 366 comments)

4. We asked every TD if they want to repeal the Eighth Amendment – here’s what they said (This article got 363 comments)

5. Poll: Would you baptise your child just to get them into a school? (This article got 330 comments)

Standout comments

With the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali last week Sloop John G paid tribute to the man – and proved his reach went further than boxing:

I was never much of a boxing fan but I was in awe of Muhammad Ali. As a kid I used to love watching his fights and always looked forward to the interviews afterwards. Not only was he the greatest boxer of all time but he was so intelligent and witty he could have been a great writer had he not been struck down by Parkinson’s. I do not think it’s an exaggeration to say that he was the greatest sportsman of the 20th Century. He was certainly the most famous. Rest in Peace Ali, you will always be the greatest in my eyes.

When a boy in Japan was found alive, nearly a week after his parents left him in a forest as punishment, the father said his son had forgiven them. Shane Freeney believes the boy will remember it later in life:

Just wait till this boy has to choose a Nursing home for his Dad !

shutterstock_425815789 Source: Shutterstock/nito

poll during the week asked readers if they ever “sext”? Cal McLaughlin commented to share their experience:

‘What are you doing’?
I’m in bed eating cereal.
‘What would you be doing if I was there with you’?
I’d be eating my cereal.
‘No, I mean – if there was no cereal’
I’d get out of bed and get some cereal.

See any good comments? Send them to orla@thejournal.ie 

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