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Comments Policy

The Irish Echo encourages our readers to comment, interact with and share our stories.

We want you to engage with our stories – be that by making a suggestion, or pointing us towards something we may have missed, or simply sharing with your friends.

We encourage constructive debate on our website, Facebook page and Twitter presence.

However, we ask that when commenting, you respect some ground rules.

  • Refrain from personal attacks and engage instead with the idea or topic.
  • Freedom of speech is vital. Freedom to insult or offend is another matter entirely. Obscenity, racism, homophobia, sectarianism, sexism and hate speech simply won’t be tolerated.
  • Nor will abuse or threats towards Irish Echo staff or other online users. If you feel we have made a mistake, tell us. Email newsdesk@irishecho.com.au
  • Respect the obligations that the law imposes on certain topics. Please don’t make defamatory claims or libellous remarks. Anything that is prejudicial to ongoing court cases – be they in Australia or elsewhere – will be removed. Err on the side of caution.
  • Stay on topic.
  • The comments stream or our Facebook page is not the place to promote a product or service. Our advertising department, however, would be happy to hear from you at ads@irishecho.com.au

We reserve the right to delete comments that break any of the above rules. In the case of egregious breaches of those rules, the perpetrator may also be banned from commenting in future.

Other than that, it’s over to you. We take no responsibility for the veracity or accuracy of comments made by others. They reflect the individual commenter’s personal view.

Enjoy the conversation.

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