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The impact of Social Media on politics and on democratic participation continues to divide opinion. The following report on the use of social media within politics includes the first comprehensive review of the use of social media by Irish political parties, politicians and government bodies.

The “Social Media in Politics” report looks at how use of Social Media is impacting politicians and political engagement, both here in Ireland and internationally.

It includes:

• The tactics used by President Obama and other world leaders and governments to engage with their peoples on Social Media
• A detailed analysis on use of Social Media by Irish political parties, politicians, state departments and bodies
• Examples and case studies of the positive and negative consequences of democratic participation on Social Media

John Twohig, Managing Partner of The Ahain Group, said “Our analysis indicates that many Irish political parties and their leadership are yet to develop an overarching strategy (or party line) when it comes to their Social Media presence, and, as a result, individual members are more often left to their own devices.”

For more information, contact The Ahain Group:

Email: info@ahaingroup.com

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Social media in politics, digital economy, social business report

  1. 1. Social Business Social Media in Politics By Niall Devitt
  2. 2. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 2 Table of Contents Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 Current situation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….….. 4 World Leaders on Twitter …………………………………………………………………………………………………….… 8 Ireland ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………. 10 The Other Impact of Social Media …………………………………………………………………………….…………… 21 Social Media and Political Engagement …………………………………………………………………………………. 24 Analysing Social Media for Government ……………………………………………………………………………….. 26 Rebuilding Economies with Social Media ………………………………………………………………………………. 29 Political Revolutions and Social Media ………………………………………………………………………………….. 28 Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………. 31 Appendix A - Irish Politicians Social Media Presence ………………………………………………….…….. 34 Appendix B - Irish Government Departments Social Media Presence .…………..………….…….. 45
  3. 3. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 3 Introduction The impact of Social Media on politics and on democratic participation continues to divide opinion. During 2011, videos, images and information captured by ordinary people and shared around the world on Social Media platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter played a significant part in the revolutions that swept the Middle East. U.S. President, Barrack Obama, has utilised Social Media effectively to engage voters during his initial 2008 presidential campaign and again during his re-election in 2012. However other politicians, such as former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Brian Cowen, have experienced the negative consequences of Social Media, e.g. when his performance during a radio interview in 2010 went viral on Twitter and subsequently became an international bad-news story. In this Paper we look at how Social Media is impacting politicians and political engagement, both here in Ireland and internationally. It includes -  The tactics used by President Obama and other world leaders and governments to engage with their peoples on Social Media  A detailed analysis on use of Social Media by Irish political parties, politicians, state departments and bodies  Examples and case studies of the positive and negative consequences of democratic participation on Social Media Figures given were derived from research and were updated over the past few weeks.
  4. 4. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 4 Current Situation Barrack Obama Did use of Social Media make a difference to the outcome of the recent US presidential election? After receiving confirmation of victory, Obama’s Social Media strategist, Laura Olin, uploaded a photo titled “Four More Years,” This iconic photograph of President Obama hugging his wife Michelle has since become the symbol of the president’s re-election win. Olin advises “we knew that people getting campaign messages from their friends, was so much more powerful than them getting campaign messages directly from us.” During the election, Obama spent 10 times more on Social Media as his challenger, Mitt Romney.  Obama spent $ 47.0 million  Romney spent $ 4.7 million On election night Barrack Obama had: 32,000,000 fans 21,000,000 followers 259,685 views Mitt Romney had: 12,000,000 fans 1,700,000 followers 29,172 views 60% of voters between the ages of 18-29 voted for Obama and many of these voters got their political news and information from Social Media.
  5. 5. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 5 The Obama team clearly understood the importance of Social Media and did the better job of using it to his advantage. In a close race where everything matters, it is reasonable to assume that Obama’s more effective Social Media strategy was a very significant factor in his successful re-election. Barack Obama's usage of Social Media in his political campaigns has been widely publicised [1] 1 . In the 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama had more fans on Facebook and more followers on Twitter than his then rival, John McCain. Obama's website, barackobama.com, is run by one of the three co-founders of Facebook, Chris Hughes, and it has been described as a "social network”. Members can create blogs, post photos and form groups. According to Hughes, during the 2008 campaign:  Over two million accounts were created  200,000 events were organised  400,000 blogs were written  400,000 videos were posted  35,000 volunteer groups were created  $30 million was spent by 70,000 people into their own fundraising webpages  In the final four days of the 2008 campaign, three million phone calls were made through the website's internet virtual phone The use of Social Media is reviewed on the following pages. 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_on_social_media
  6. 6. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 6 Facebook In 2007, the Obama team used Facebook connect technology to create an interconnection between a user's account in Obama's official website and the user’s own Facebook account.  In 2008, the Obama presidential campaign spent $643,000 out of the $16 million Internet budget, to promote his Facebook account.  On June 17, 2008, after Hillary Clinton ended her campaign, the number of followers of Barack Obama's Facebook account increased to one million.  In addition to the Facebook accounts of Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe Biden, the Obama team created ten more Facebook accounts for "specific demographics, such as Veterans for Obama, Women for Obama, and African Americans for Obama.” Twitter Barack Obama's Twitter account (@BarackObama) is his official Twitter account.  It is among the top ten worldwide in both followers and followed and is used for his election efforts  Obama also uses the White House's Twitter account (@WhiteHouse) for his presidential activities
  7. 7. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 7  Although his staff carries out most of his tweeting, Obama became personally active on the account in June 2011, beginning with the Father's Day message "Being a father is sometimes my hardest but always my most rewarding job”  Since then, Obama has held public forums in which he fielded questions posted on Twitter On July 6, 2011, he participated in "Twitter Presents Townhall @ the White House" which was held in the East Room of the White House and streamed online. The event received over 110,000 #AskObama-hash-tagged tweets and was moderated by Twitter executive, Jack Dorsey. Reddit On August 29, 2012, Obama got 3.8 million page views after making a surprise half-hour visit to the social news website Reddit.  Users left 22,000 comments and questions for the President, 10 of which he answered  When asked why Obama logged on to Reddit, one official responded "Because a whole bunch of our turnout targets were on Reddit"  Obama’s team hoped to reach a largely unaddressed demographic of previously unlikely voters on social internet boards
  8. 8. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 8 World Leaders on Twitter President Obama is not the only leader to embrace Social Media. According to a survey 2 from the Digital Policy Council, 75% of the world’s heads of state have a Twitter presence.  A total of 123 world leaders out of 164 countries had accounts on Twitter set up in their personal name or through an official government office  In 2011, only 69 out of 164 countries had embraced Twitter. The new figures represent a 78% increase in the number of Heads of State and national governments on Twitter from 2011. A table showing the Top 10 Heads of State on Twitter, is given overleaf. 2 http://www.digitaldaya.com/admin/modulos/galeria/pdfs/69/156_biqz7730.pdf
  9. 9. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 9 Top 10 Heads of State on Twitter Photo Click to go to Twitter Country Description Barrack Obama His 2012 re-election campaign broke several Twitter records. Following news that he had been declared the winner, Obama’s account sent out the tweet: “Four more years” along with a photo of himself and the First Lady, which became the most re-tweeted tweet of all time. Throughout the day, more than 31 million election- related tweets were sent out, creating the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history. 25,742,410 Hugo Chávez Grew his Twitter account by two million followers during 2012. When he found himself fighting an election campaign from his sick bed in Cuba, Twitter became his main tool for communicating with the electorate. 3,889,149 Abullah Gül Increased his following by over 2 million people. Following his visit in 2012 to Silicon Valley he tweeted, “This is the first time a Turkish president travels to this region of the U.S. Here is where technology that changes our lives is born” 2,673, 152 Queen Rania Grew her account by over one million followers in 2012. 2,523,262 Dmitry Medvedev A fresh entry into the top ten in 2012, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chooses to tweet in his native language and in English, with separate accounts for each. 1,883,087 489,749 Dilma Rouseff Remained at spot #6 in 2012. 1,766,742 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner The 7 th most followed leader in 2012. 1,520,540 Juan Manuel Santas New to the Top 10 and has grown his followers over 1 million since 2011. 1,515,324 Enrique Peña Nieto Remaining in the top ten in 2012 even though the country elected a brand new leader. 1,453,343 Sheikh Mohammed Ranked 10 th of the world leaders using Twitte.r 1,410,422
  10. 10. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 10 Ireland Embracing Social Media In late 2010, the Irish Government launched an information service and social networking-led internet platform called MerrionStreet.ie. The idea was to transform Government communications from website and press release format to a more dynamic web presence that would include:  Photos  Videos  Facebook status updates  Twitter feeds  Web chat At the time, the team behind the new MerrionStreet.ie presence told Ireland’s technology news portal, Siliconrepublic 3 that they had seen what other nations, like the UK and France, had done in terms of embracing free Social Media tools and cited Number10.gov.uk as a particular inspiration. “Control of cost was a prerequisite and we were keen to use available tools like WordPress and Flickr. We were also comfortable with the use of open source, in the project. We looked at what the White House had done, what Sarkozy’s people had done and what Downing Street had done and decided to emulate these approaches.” But have Irish politicians and government generally embraced Social Media in a meaningful way? We carried out a detailed analysis to attempt to find out. 3 http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/16917-irelands-government-reveal
  11. 11. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 11 Facebook The November 2012 Ipsos MRBI survey of Social Network usage found that that 56% of the Irish population over the age of 15, now has a Facebook account. Irish Political Parties on Facebook It is perhaps surprising that Sinn Féin top the list with just over 12,500 fans. Next are the two parties in government, Labour and Fine Gael. The more recently formed United Left Alliance is next; we could not find a Facebook page for the Irish Socialist Party. Click on Political Party to go to Facebook page 12,698 7551 7,124 4,338 2,055 Irish people on Facebook Have a Facebook account Don't have a Facebook account Share of Facebook likes - political parties Sinn Fein Labour Fine Gael Fianna Fail United Left Alliance
  12. 12. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 12 The Top 10 Irish Politicians on Facebook The top 10 politicians on Facebook includes two from Sinn Féin, three from Fine Gael, two Fianna Fáil, two Independents and one from the United Left Alliance party. Photo Click to go to Twitter Party Constituency Positions Luke Flanagan Roscommon- South Leitrim Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht Member, Committee on the Implementation of Good Friday Agreement 11633 Mary Lou McDonald Dublin Central Member, Public Accounts Committee Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 10560 Enda Kenny Mayo Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach 7140 Pat Breen Clare Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 5,031 Dessie Ellis Dublin North West Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 5472 Niall Collins Limerick Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 5,248 Michael Lowry Tipperary North 5145 friends Willie O'Dea Limerick City Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 5127 friends Richard Boyd Barrett Dún Laoghaire Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 5,101 friends Joe Carey Clare Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges 5,069 Irish politicians of Facebook Have a Facebook account Don't have a Facebook account
  13. 13. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 13 Top 10 Departments, Semi States & Quangos on Facebook Click on logo to go to Facebook What are they responsible for? Organise and administer a blood transfusion service including the processing or supply of blood derivatives or other blood products, and also including blood group and other tests in relation to specimens of blood received by the Board. 42,340 The RSA mission is simple: to make roads safer for everyone. The current national Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries by 30%. 27,860 The Defence Forces Information Office is responsible for providing accurate and timely information to members of the general public as well as serving and past members of the Defence Forces. 26,594 Ireland Irish language TV channel 15,508 The Museum’s mission is to foster within society an awareness, understanding and involvement in the visual arts through policies and programmes which are excellent, innovative and inclusive. 11,500 The National Concert Hall, based in Dublin’s city centre, is rated by performing artists as one of the finest concert halls in Europe and boasts a thrilling line-up of some of the world’s greatest performers both nationally and internationally. 10,823 Act as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Their objective is to develop markets for Irish suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide. 9,988 Shannon Development is a government owned regional development company dedicated to promoting and developing the Shannon Region of Ireland. 8,776 A confident and ambitious Western Region where excellence, innovation and creativity are rewarded. 7,089 The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge. 6,473 Irish departments, semi states and quangos on Facebook Have a Facebook account Don't have a Facebook account
  14. 14. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 14 Twitter The number of Irish people with a Twitter account has surged significantly with more than 1 in 5 people now reporting to have an account with the site - Nov 2012 Ipsos MRBI survey of Social Network 4 . Irish Political Parties on Twitter Sinn Féin is also the most followed Irish political party on Twitter with Labour and then Fianna Fáil coming next. Ireland’s largest and main party in Government, Fine Gael, would perhaps be disappointed to only appear at number four. The Socialist party and the United Left Alliance, are fifth and sixth respectively. Click on Political Party to go to Twitter 13,330 10,389 9,397 7,860 1,843 1,261 4 http://www.ipsosmrbi.com/social-networking-quarterly-survey-november-2012.html Irish people on Twitter Have a Twitter account Don't have a Twitter account
  15. 15. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 15 Irish Politicians on Twitter There are 165 politicians, 129 of which have Twitter accounts. The Top 10 list on Twitter includes four Independents, three Fine Gael, one Sinn Féin politician and one each from the Labour and the Socialist parties. The listing of these Top Ten is given overleaf. Share of Twitter followers - political parties Sinn Fein Labour Fine Gael Fianna Fail United Left Alliance Socialist Party Irish politicians on Twitter Have a Twitter account Don't have a Twitter account Irish politicians on Twitter - activity Have tweeted recently Inactive
  16. 16. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 16 The Top 10 Irish Politicians on Twitter Photo Click to go to Twitter Party Constituency Positions Shane Ross Dublin South Member, Public Accounts Committee 16363 Enda Kenny Mayo Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach 13868 Joe Higgins Dublin West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 13,865 Luke Flanagan Roscommon- South Leitrim Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 11067 Joan Burton Dublin West Minister, Department of Social Protection 9,136 Simon Coveney Cork South Central Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food 9,048 Pearse Doherty Donegal South West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 8508 Lucinda Creighton Dublin South East 8,312 Stephen Donnelly Wicklow Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 7608 Mick Wallace Wexford Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Member, Committee on European Union Affairs 7260
  17. 17. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 17 The Top 10 Government Bodies on Twitter Click on logo to go to Twitter What are they responsible for? Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for the Irish film industry investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production. 24,653 Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. 11,369 Act as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Their objective is to develop markets for Irish suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide. 10,588 Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority. Our role is to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. 10,069 The Oireachtas (National Parliament) consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) 8,861 Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. 8,300 The National Concert Hall, based in Dublin’s city centre, is rated by performing artists as one of the finest concert halls in Europe and boasts a thrilling line-up of some of the world’s greatest performers both nationally and internationally. 7,539 Government departments, semi-states and quangos on Twitter Have a Twitter account Don' have a Twitter account
  18. 18. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 18 The National Gallery holds the National Collection of European and Irish fine art. 7,494 Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. 7,240 The Museum’s mission is to foster within society an awareness, understanding and involvement in the visual arts through policies and programmes which are excellent, innovative and inclusive. 6,507 YouTube YouTube remains the second biggest search engine in the world and is extremely popular in Ireland with reports suggesting anything up to 1,500,000 regular Irish users. Irish Political Parties on YouTube Again, Sinn Féin comes out on top with Labour second. Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and United Left Alliance are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively; we could not find a YouTube channel for the Socialist party. Click on Political Party to go to YouTube 2,161 subscribers 1,047,390 561 subscribers 508,689 347 subscribers 261,178 340 subscribers 219,975 50 subscribers 9,825 Irish people using YouTube Using Youtube regularly Not using Youtube
  19. 19. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 19 Top 10 Irish Politicians on YouTube The top 10 Irish politicians on YouTube includes four from Fine Gael, one each from Labour and the Socialist party, two Independents and two from United Left Alliance. Photo Click to go to Youtube Party Constituency Positions Joe Higgins Dublin West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 313 subscribers 137,763 views Stephen Donnelly Wicklow Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 13 subscribers 64,490 views Richard Boyd Barrett Dún Laoghaire Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 96 Subscribers 28,228 Views Eric Byrne Dublin South Central Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 12 subscribers 6994 views Mick Wallace Wexford Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Member, Committee on EU Affairs 10 Subscribers 6486 views Simon Coveney Cork South Central Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food 6 subscribers 4,774 views Share of YouTube views - polictical parties Sinn Fein Labour Fine Gael Fianna Fail United Left Alliance Irish politicians on YouTube Have a YouTube channel Don't Have a YouTube channel
  20. 20. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 20 Ciarán Cannon Galway East 5 Subscriptions 3,259 Views Michelle Mulherin Mayo Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 4 subscribers 3248 views Clare Daly Dublin North Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 14 subscribers 2693 views Mary Mitchell O'Connor Dún Laoghaire Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1 subscriber 2238 views The Top 10 Government Departments, Semi-States and Quangos on YouTube Click on logo to go to YouTube What are they responsible for? RTE is the national TV and Radio broadcaster. 46,637 subscribers 59,680,291 views The Defence Forces Information Office is responsible for providing accurate and timely information to members of the general public as well as serving and past members of the Defence Forces. 1,843 subscribers 1,292,978 views Ireland’s Irish language TV channel. 392 subscribers 392,636 views The Irish Greyhound Board - Bord na gCon - is a commercial semi-state body which is responsible for the control and development of the greyhound industry in the Republic of Ireland. 204 subscribers 258,635 views The role of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, is to act as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Their objective is to develop markets for Irish suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide. 189 subscribers 127,512 views Government departments, semi-states and Quangos using YouTube Have a Youtube account Don't have a YouTube account
  21. 21. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 21 Assessing, collecting and managing taxes and duties that account for over 93% of Exchequer Revenue. 47 subscribers 116,779 views The Health and Safety Authority is the national statutory body with responsibility for enforcing occupational safety and health law, promoting and encouraging accident prevention, and providing information and advice to all companies, organisations and individuals. 179 subscribers 110,474 views The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. 134 subscribers 83,644 views Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. 266 subscribers 79,797 views The RSA mission is simple: to make roads safer for everyone. The current national Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries by 30%. 70 subscribers 74,900 views The other Impact of Social Media - Some Examples Shane McEntee On the 21 st of December 2012, Irish Minister for State and 56-year-old father of three, Shane McEntee, tragically took his own life. It was later reported in the Irish media, including The Sunday Independent 5 that the Fine Gael TD had been deeply affected by cyber bullying and online abuse. A former Fine Gael TD in Meath, John Farrelly, now a councillor from Kells, told The Independent that Mr McEntee was "desperately upset" by a barrage of online abuse that followed comments the late minister had made in relation to cuts to the Respite Care grant. Fine Gael TD in Roscommon, Frank Feighan, said: "I feel that there is a frenzy out there and I feel a lot of it is generated through Social Media." He added: "I think it is something that we all have to contend with. It is an issue that must stop. I don't mind people having reasoned debate, but this seems to be frenzied, continued and is causing huge concern not just for politicians, but their families." This tragedy has naturally resulted in many Irish politicians now calling for stricter sanctions to be brought against those who use Social Media in an anonymous and/or abusive fashion. However, is increased regulation the best way to deal with these issues? Brian Cowen incident Goes Viral On Twitter Even before the untimely death of Shane McEntee, the experience of Social Media had not been a good one for many Irish politicians. At 8:50am on Tuesday 14 th September 2010, the Taoiseach of the day - Brian Cowen - was interviewed by Cathal Mac Coille on RTE radio programme Morning Ireland. 5 http://www.independent.ie/national-news/fallout-from-budget-and-cyber-abuse-troubled-late-minister-3334469.html
  22. 22. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 22 During the interview, many people on Twitter, including Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney, questioned the Taoiseach’s state of mind at the time. Later this interview, and Brian Cowen’s performance during it, was to became an international news story. Stephen O’Leary of O’Leary Analytics analysed the fallout and measured the resulting international media interest, just 15 hours after the interview:  Simon Coveney’s initial tweet was re-tweeted (republished word for word) by over 66 other Twitter accounts  1,738 mentions of Mr Cowen in Social Media sources on the day  Twitter was the most popular Social Media platform with over 1,600 tweets published  457 articles were published by midnight on 14th September, less than 24 hours after the interview  The coverage appeared in leading international publications including: Reuters; The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; The Washington Post; Fox News; The Guardian; The BBC; The Huffington Post; Yahoo! Finance Stephen’s advice “The lesson here for all political parties is that digital media is equally critical to their success or failure as traditional print and broadcast channels. We live in an era of 24/7 news reporting, where a story can break at any given time during the day and can spread like wildfire due to the Internet. Companies, organizations, individuals, even governments are increasingly concerned about what is being said about them in real time. As a result they have to respond quickly because a story can evolve rapidly” 6 Tweet Causes Dragon to Lose Out in TV Presidential Debate 6 http://olearyanalytics.com/728/the-brian-cowen-interview-the-global-media-response
  23. 23. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 23 In 2011, Former Dragons' Den investor and Irish entrepreneur, Seán Gallagher was hot favourite to win the Irish presidential election, until a tweet, read out during a live debate RTE television programme The Frontline, destroyed his chances of becoming president. [Pic Ref]: http://www.sligotoday.ie During the debate, Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness said he was contacted by an unnamed man who claimed that Gallagher had invited him to a €5,000-a-head fundraising dinner on behalf of Fianna Fáil in 2008 7 .  A tweet was then sent out from @mcguinness4pres that claimed "The man that Gallagher took the cheque from will be at a press conference tomorrow"  This tweet was later discovered to be bogus and had come from an unofficial account supporting Martin McGuinness  However, it still managed to find its way past the producers of the programme, and was mentioned on air by presenter Pat Kenny, "Sinn Féin say they are going to produce the man who gave you the cheque for five grand"  Many political analysts believe that Seán Gallagher's reaction on air to that tweet cost him voters and ultimately, the presidency  An independent report into the programme has since found that that the production team made mistakes during the debate, including not identifying that the @mcguinness4pres account was a fake. Internet 'cowards' force Senator to quit Social Media sites A vicious intimidation campaign against Labour senator Jimmy Harte has forced him to quit Social Media sites. The final straw came when someone put his home address and personal information online. 8 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUhFdi7iRL0 8 http://www.independent.ie/national-news/internet-cowards-force-senator-to-quit-social-media-sites-3350761.html
  24. 24. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 24 "I've had enough," he said. "I think Social Media have so many advantages if used for the good, but I just see more and more negative uses and that's why I've decided to close down my accounts." Mr Harte branded those behind the threats as "cyber-cowards". Mr Harte said he had spoken to other politicians who (he said) were also considering quitting their online presence. "This is a serious issue and I think the area of anonymity when posting has to be looked at." he said. "It's too easy to open an account, carry out this abuse and then move on." Mr Harte said he was setting up a new website for use as his online presence.
  25. 25. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 25 Social Media and Political Engagement The collective negative experiences of Irish politicians may have resulted in a fear of Social Media, with many continuing not to engage. Is this a sustainable position for them to continue to hold? A recent survey 9 by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has discovered how Social Media is now becoming a feature of political and civic engagement for many Americans. From a survey of 2,253 adults, they discovered that:  66% of Social Media users (39% of all American adults) have employed the platforms to post their thoughts about civic and political issues, react to others’ postings, press friends to act on issues and vote, follow candidates, ‘like’ and link to others’ content, and belong to groups formed on social networking sites.  38% of those who use Social Networking Sites (SNS) or Twitter use those sites to “like” or promote material related to politics or social issues that others have posted. Liberal Democrats who use Social Media are particularly likely to use the ‘like’ button—52% of them have done so and 42% of conservative Republicans have also done so.  35% of Social Media users have used the tools to encourage people to vote. Democrats who are Social Media users are more likely to have used Social Media to encourage voting—42% have done that compared with 36% of Republican Social Media users and 31% of Independents. 9 http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Political-Engagement.aspx
  26. 26. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 26  34% of Social Media users have used the tools to post their own thoughts or comments on political and social issues. Liberal Democrats who use Social Media (42%) and conservative Republicans (41%) are especially likely to use Social Media this way.  33% of Social Media users have used the tools to re-post content related to political or social issues originally posted by someone else. Republican Social Media users are more likely to do this on Social Media—39% have used Social Media to repost content, compared with 34% of Democrats and 31% of Independents.  31% of Social Media users have used the tools to encourage other people to take action on a political or social issue that is important to them. Some 36% of Social Media-using Democrats have done this as have 34% of Republicans; this compares to 29% of Independents.  28% of Social Media users have used the tools to post links to political stories or articles for others to read. Liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans are the most likely to have used Social Media this way (39% and 34% respectively).  21% of those who use a Social Networking Site or Twitter belong to a group on the SNS that is involved in political or social issues, or that is working to advance a cause. There are no major differences by ideology or partisanship when it comes to using Social Media this way.  20% of Social Media users have used the tools to follow elected officials and candidates for office. Some 32% of the conservative Republicans follow officials on Social Media and 27% of liberal Democrats do so.
  27. 27. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 27 Analysing Social Media for Governments While many countries, cities and government departments now interact with people through Social Media, few currently use it to collect information and only a tiny number are using Social in an analytical way. Washington D.C. is one such example 10 . Local government in the US capital is now gathering and using real- time comments made on Twitter, Facebook and online message boards as well as the government's own website, to grade and motivate the bureaucracies that handle tasks like administrating drivers’ licences, building permits etc.  Grade.DC.Gov “is a pilot program that enables one to submit comments about certain District agencies and to view how District residents graded those agencies. The goal is to help better engagement with government and help government agencies to improve the quality of their services.”  Grades for 10 agencies — including the police and fire departments and the Department of Motor Vehicles — are available. “Agencies can see, in one place, the comments gathered by newBrandAnalytics and respond to them through an online dashboard interface created by the company. That has encouraged officials to interact directly with the public on Social Networking sites instead of simply issuing news releases.” said Pedro Ribeiro, a spokesman for Mayor Vincent Gray. Mr Ribeiro said the system motivates employees with praise as well as complaints. "Before the system launched, there was a lot of trepidation—folks were worried that all we're going to do is get smacked down," he said. "It turned out people were saying nice things, just no one ever noticed it." 10 http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887324712504578133530033916570- lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwODEyNDgyWj.html
  28. 28. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 28 Rebuilding Economies with Social Media Iceland continues to experience an economic resurgence since its meltdown in 2008. It opted not to bail out those businesses that were partly responsible for the crisis and since then, its progressiveness in embracing modern technology is astounding. In 2011, Iceland’s Constitutional Council, crowd-sourced their new constitution, turning to Social Media to help make the process transparent and to collect input from the public 11 . The group, which is made up of ordinary residents, compiled the document online with the help of hundreds of others.  The constitution council posted the first draft in April on its website and then let citizens comment via a Facebook Page.  The council members were also active on Twitter, and posted videos of themselves on YouTube and put pictures on Flickr. "In the aftermath of the financial crisis, we realized that this wasn't just an economic or a financial crisis; it was also a social, political and judicial crisis." says President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. "If we were going to allow the nation to regain its strength and position, it wouldn't be sufficient to deal with it in traditional economic and financial ways. We needed a different democratic approach." 11 http://mashable.com/2012/03/15/iceland-technology
  29. 29. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 29 Political Revolutions and Social Media In 2011, revolutions swept the Middle East, from Tunisia, to Egypt, to Syria and beyond. Videos, images and information captured by civilians and shared on Social Media was viewed and read by people around the world 12 . There can be no doubt that information and communication technologies, in particular Social Media, played a part in these upheavals. But questions continue to dog political theorists and social scientists – just how much of a role did the different media play? [Pic ref]: http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2011/5/8/the-real-net-effect-arab-revolutions-and-social-media-harb.html “While techno-utopians overstate the affordances of new technologies (what these technologies can give us) and understate the material conditions of their use (e.g., how factors such as gender or economics can affect access), techno-dystopians do the reverse, misinterpreting a lack of results as the impotence of technology and also forgetting how shifts within the realm of mediated political communication can be incremental rather than a seismic in nature.” (Christensen). The Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa region has one of the most youthful populations in the world, with people under 25 making up between 35-45% of the population in each country.  They make up the majority of Social Media users, including about 17 million Facebook users, 25,000 Twitter accounts and 40,000 active blogs, according to the Arab Advisors Group.  YouTube is extremely popular, with an average of 24 hours of video uploaded from the region every minute (“MIDDLE EAST”). 12 http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/social_media/review.pdf
  30. 30. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 30  The Dubai School of Government has issued a report indicating that the total number of Facebook users in the Arab world increased by 78% during 2010, from 11.9 million in January 2010 to 21.3 million in December 2010 (“Social Media a Catalyst”) Even China is now getting in on the Act The rise of Social Media in China has been anything but smooth and tolerant. Both Facebook and Twitter were gaining a foothold when they were blocked in 200 and this blockage continues to this day, reflecting a clear unease at letting average Chinese interact on sites that are based outside China and don't have to play by the country's strict self-censorship rules 13 . An estimated 1 billion Chinese are Social Media users and China has several networks which exceed 100 million active users 14 .  QQ, one of China’s oldest Social networks — born in the 90’s as a clone of ICQ and now the primary entry point for Qzone, a Facebook-style Social network — was designed to work on any phone in China, even cheap models with 2G plans. Consequently, it’s difficult to find anyone in China without a QQ account. In July 2012, the company reported 700 million monthly active users on QQ, and 500 million monthly active users on Qzone.  Most Chinese Social Media activity happens on mobile, QQ is mainly accessed by phone, as is the second leading network, Twitter-like Sina Weibo, with some 400 million users and 60%+ mobile usage. 13 http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/09/world/asia/china-social-networking-young/index.html 14 http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2012/10/25/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-chinese-social-media
  31. 31. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 31 Early signs are strong that Beijing will encourage or at least tolerate the growth of micro-blogging sites like Sina Weibo, and instant messaging services like Tencent WeChat, which have been allowed to develop relatively unfettered despite their potential to become breeding grounds for critical public debate over social issues. Beijing is quickly realizing these fast-developing Social Media can be an important way to get public feedback on social issues as China goes through a wide range of growing pains in its transformation from a planned to a more market-oriented economy. Beijing also understands that social media can be an important tool for getting out the Communist Party's own message as it tries to show an increasingly restless public it is hearing their concerns. According to The 2012 Sina Government Weibo Report (2012年新浪政务微博报告) 15 , released by the People Online Public Monitoring Office (人民网舆情监测室) analysed data from accounts by ministries, public security organs, traffic police and regulation agencies, Communist Youth League offices and individual civil servants. This report highlights the rise of grassroots government micro-blogging with the number of government accounts on Weibo has now skyrocketed to 60,064 over 20 government ministries. For example –  the Weibo account, @王于京, (now approaching a million followers) of a police officer in Zhejiang province who uses it to provide useful information to local people  Weibo was used by government agencies to deal with emergency situations; during the Beijing floods that occurred in July 2012, a number of government accounts in Beijing such as @北京发布, @北京 消防 and @平安北京 posted the latest information such as dangerous areas in the city, traffic updates and weather forecasts 15 http://www.danwei.com/the-chinese-government-and-social-media
  32. 32. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 32 Conclusion While debate continues on how governments, leaders and politicians might best engage with citizens on Social Media sites, research indicates that Social Media will play a role of increasing importance. This may make some politicians uncomfortable - or even fearful – and, of course, Social Media is not without risks and potentially negative consequences. Regulation will undoubtedly have a role to play, but developing a strategy around the education, understanding and participation would appear to be a more sensible place to start. Most politicians see value in leveraging Social Media during their election campaigns, but appear less inclined to participate after they are elected. Politicians that continue to engage are also those that speak about these tools in a positive, rather than a negative light. There does not appear to be a Party line when it comes to Social Media nor, our research indicates, is there a strategy for all the members of particular political parties. This is perhaps the most surprising finding because lack of an over-arching strategy has consistently been highlighted and proven to be the most significant risk factor in getting into trouble and in failing to get value on Social Media. Social Media are now both massively popular and used by an increasing proportion of people. They have become part of how we communicate, get information and form opinion. They reflect both what is good and what is bad about our societies. They are not going away! As those chosen by their people to govern, our leaders and politicians have a duty to participate. Our political parties and their leadership must prepare and educate their members so that they are up to this task. The opportunity for politicians is not merely in getting elected or re-elected but in how they choose to listen to the people and ultimately, in how they govern, in real-time! It is not about the broadcasting of what they intend to do or what they are going to do but rather, it is about how they actively allow people to participate in their leadership and in the decisions that they take. “Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.” - http://en.wikipedia.org
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  34. 34. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 34 Appendix A Irish Politicians Social Media Presence Photo Name Party Constituency Positions Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin SF Cavan- Monaghan Member, Committee on Health and Children Commun- ity page 75 Éamon Ó Cuív FF Galway West Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 2 Pages 39 Likes 26 Likes 1,641 Seán Ó Fearghaíl FF Kildare South Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 1,850 Friends 154 Aodhán Ó Ríordáin LAB Dublin North Central Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 663 Likes 4,195 4 subs 2,195 views Aengus Ó Snodaigh SF Dublin South Central Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 3,145 Friends 1,195 subs 2,094 Gerry Adams SF Louth 5,945 Likes 2,369 (Never Tweeted) James Bannon FG Longford- Westmeath Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 707 friends 463 0 subs 371 Views Seán Barrett CC Dún Laoghaire Ceann Comhairle 366 cy FG Cork East Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 2,638 Friends 676 Richard Boyd Barrett PBP Dún Laoghaire Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 5,101 Friends 3,106 96 Subs 28,228 Views Pat Breen FG Clare Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 5,031 1,012 8 Subs 567 Views Tommy Broughan LAB Dublin North East Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform John Browne FF Wexford Member, Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann Member, Joint Administration Committee 41 Likes
  35. 35. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 35 Richard Bruton FG Dublin North Central Minister, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 1,559 Likes 1,997 3 subs 150 views Joan Burton LAB Dublin West Minister, Department of Social Protection 2,205 Likes 9,136 Ray Butler FG Meath West Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Jerry Buttimer FG Cork South Central Member, Committee on Health and Children Member, Joint Administration Committee 897 Likes 3,765 Catherine Byrne FG Dublin South Central Member, Committee on Health and Children 620 Friends 0 subs 166 views Eric Byrne LAB Dublin South Central Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 731 Friends 1,051 12 subs 6994 views Dara Calleary FF Mayo Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 3,245 Friends 2,251 Ciarán Cannon FG Galway East 2,075 Friends 1,419 5 Subs 3,259 Views Joe Carey FG Clare Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges 5,069 Likes 1,774 Paudie Coffey FG Waterford Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1,335 0 Subs 277 Views Áine Collins FG Cork North West Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1,840 Friends Joan Collins PBP Dublin South Central Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 1,069 2 subs 294 views Niall Collins FF Limerick Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 5,248 Likes 570 Michael Colreavy SF Sligo-North Leitrim Member, Committee on Health and Children Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 334 Likes 499 Michael Conaghan LAB Dublin South Central Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Seán Conlan FG Cavan- Monaghan Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement
  36. 36. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 36 Paul Connaughton FG Galway East Member, Public Accounts Committee 1,525 Friends 152 Followers Ciara Conway LAB Waterford Member, Committee on Health and Children Friends Hidden 2,659 Noel Coonan FG Tipperary North Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht Friends Hidden 866 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy FG Laois-Offaly Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1,929 Friends n/a 0 Subs 162 views Joe Costello LAB Dublin Central Member, Committee on European Union Affairs 285 Likes 2,119 Simon Coveney FG Cork South Central Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food 1,093 Likes 9,048 6 subs 4,774 views Barry Cowen FF Laois-Offaly Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 153 Likes Michael Creed FG Cork North West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality 461 Friends 219 Lucinda Creighton FG Dublin South East 1,753 Friends 8,312 2 subs 385 views Seán Crowe SF Dublin South West Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1,821 friends 0 subs 52 views Clare Daly SOC Dublin North Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1129 2197 14 subscrib ers 2693 views Jim Daly FG Cork South West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 415 John Deasy FG Waterford Member, Public Accounts Committee Jimmy Deenihan FG Kerry North- West Limerick Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 372 Pat Deering FG Carlow- Kilkenny Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 1318 friends 271
  37. 37. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 37 Pearse Doherty SF Donegal South West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 4995 friends 8508 Regina Doherty FG Meath East Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Member, Committee on Health and Children 2053 friends 943 Stephen Donnelly IND Wicklow Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 3044 7608 13 subs 64,490 views Paschal Donohoe FG Dublin Central Member, Committee on European Union Affairs Member, Public Accounts Committee 395 3525 Timmy Dooley FF Clare Member, Committee on European Union Affairs Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 10 231 Robert Dowds LAB Dublin Mid West Member, Committee on Health and Children 270 likes 1331 friends 924 173 Andrew Doyle FG Wicklow Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 5020 543 Bernard Durkan FG Kildare North Member, Committee on European Union Affairs Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 18 584 Dessie Ellis SF Dublin North West Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 5472 471 3 subs 1145 views Damien English FG Meath West Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1235 Alan Farrell FG Dublin North Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality 1595 1 subs 129 views Frank Feighan FG Roscommon- South Leitrim Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 989 Anne Ferris LAB Wicklow Member, Public Accounts Committee 364 74 Martin Ferris SF Kerry North- West Limerick Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 565 Frances Fitzgerald FG Dublin Mid West Minister, Department of Children 2199
  38. 38. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 38 Peter Fitzpatrick FG Louth Member, Committee on Health and Children 3690 135 Charles Flanagan FG Laois-Offaly Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 3608 1886 Luke Flanagan IND Roscommon- South Leitrim Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 11633 11067 Terence Flanagan FG Dublin North East Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 499 Seán Fleming FF Laois-Offaly Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 51 Tom Fleming IND Kerry South Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Member, Joint Administration Committee 226 Eamon Gilmore LAB Dún Laoghaire Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tánaiste 2970 Noel Grealish IND Galway West 146 Brendan Griffin FG Kerry South Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 542 John Halligan IND Waterford Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 4750 815 Dominic Hannigan LAB Meath East Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 1529 likes 2139 Noel Harrington FG Cork South West Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 404 likes 987 0 subs 176 views Simon Harris FG Wicklow Member, Public Accounts Committee 1340 likes 2832 Brian Hayes FG Dublin South West 1732 likes 1826 11 Tom Hayes FG Tipperary South Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Member, Joint Administration Committee 1420 Séamus Healy IND Tipperary South Member, Committee on Health and Children 4231 friends 237
  39. 39. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 39 Michael Healy- Rae IND Kerry South Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Martin Heydon FG Kildare South Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 963 4 subs 379 views Joe Higgins SOC Dublin West Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 4912 friends 13,865 313 subs 137,763 views Phil Hogan FG Carlow- Kilkenny Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government 3560 fans 1377 Brendan Howlin LAB Wexford Minister, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Heather Humphreys FG Cavan- Monaghan Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 1051 friends Kevin Humphreys LAB Dublin South East Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 344 likes 1490 1 subs 742 views Derek Keating FG Dublin Mid West Member, Committee on Health and Children 500 Colm Keaveney LAB Galway East Member, Committee on European Union Affairs Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 3235 Paul Kehoe FG Wexford Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach 307 likes 1666 0 subs 284 views Billy Kelleher FF Cork North Central Member, Committee on Health and Children 117 friends 417 Alan Kelly LAB Tipperary North 5052 friends 1688 Enda Kenny FG Mayo Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach 7140 13868 Seán Kenny LAB Dublin North East Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 336 friends 439 Séamus Kirk FF Louth Member, Joint Administration Committee 426 friends 229
  40. 40. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 40 Michael Kitt FF Galway East Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 89 friends Seán Kyne FG Galway West Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Member, Committee on European Union Affairs 607 353 1 subs 156 views Anthony Lawlor FG Kildare North Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1196 friends 525 1097 views Michael Lowry IND Tipperary North 5145 friends 2628 Ciarán Lynch LAB Cork South Central Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1193 friends 1970 Kathleen Lynch LAB Cork North Central 3031 1866 John Lyons LAB Dublin North West Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1034 1924 1 subs 0 views Pádraig MacLochlainn SF Donegal North East Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Member, Committee on European Union Affairs Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Private 816 5 subs 908 views 1 Eamonn Maloney LAB Dublin South West Member, Committee on Health and Children 757 Micheál Martin FF Cork South Central Leader of the Opposition 5058 friends 4175 Peter Mathews FG Dublin South Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 327 2643 Michael McCarthy LAB Cork South West Member, Public Accounts Committee Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 253 910 Charlie McConalogue FF Donegal North East Member, Committee on Health and Children Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 661 624 Mary Lou McDonald SF Dublin Central Member, Public Accounts Committee Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 10560 5142 6 subs 741 views Nicky McFadden FG Longford- Westmeath Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 3100 968
  41. 41. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 41 Dinny McGinley FG Donegal South West 1980 friends 826 Finian McGrath IND Dublin North Central Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality 72 273 Mattie McGrath IND Tipperary South Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 4693 friends 645 Michael McGrath FF Cork South Central Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Member, Public Accounts Committee Member, Committee on Health and Children 1022 friends John McGuinness FF Carlow- Kilkenny Member, Public Accounts Committee 4016 friends 112 2 subs 361 views Joe McHugh FG Donegal North East Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 38 645 Sandra McLellan SF Cork East Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1399 friends Tony McLoughlin FG Sligo-North Leitrim Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 968 friends 64 Michael McNamara LAB Clare Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 643 140 Olivia Mitchell FG Dublin South Member, Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 581 friends 1335 Mary Mitchell O'Connor FG Dún Laoghaire Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 1358 friends 1012 1 subs 2238 views Michael Moynihan FF Cork North West Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture Michelle Mulherin FG Mayo Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 2640 friends 1334 4 subs 3248 views Catherine Murphy IND Kildare North Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 857 friends 1334 2 Dara Murphy FG Cork North Central Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 1403 friends 284
  42. 42. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 42 Eoghan Murphy FG Dublin South East Member, Public Accounts Committee 2563 2175 2 subs 552 views 3 Gerald Nash LAB Louth Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 3846 1264 0 subs 9 views Denis Naughten IND Roscommon- South Leitrim Member, Committee on Health and Children 2882 2212 Dan Neville FG Limerick Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 1292 friends 706 Derek Nolan LAB Galway West Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Member, Public Accounts Committee 2251 friends 1167 3 subs 1108 views Michael Noonan FG Limerick City Minister, Department of Finance Patrick Nulty LAB Dublin West Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 1666 Jonathan O'Brien SF Cork North Central Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 337 friends 1586 Willie O'Dea FF Limerick City Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 5127 friends 2190 Kieran O'Donnell FG Limerick City Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Member, Public Accounts Committee 511 friends 631 Patrick O'Donovan FG Limerick Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 1915 653 Fergus O'Dowd FG Louth 497 2424 John O'Mahony FG Mayo Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 2670 friends 920 Joe O'Reilly FG Cavan- Monaghan Member, Committee on European Union Affairs Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement 2349 friends 515 Jan O'Sullivan LAB Limerick City 2914 friends 2173 Maureen O'Sullivan IND Dublin Central Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade 244 708
  43. 43. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 43 Willie Penrose LAB Longford- Westmeath 1071 John Perry FG Sligo-North Leitrim 2434 friends 563 Ann Phelan LAB Carlow- Kilkenny Member, Joint Administration Committee Private 336 John Paul Phelan FG Carlow- Kilkenny Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 636 1876 Thomas Pringle IND Donegal South West Member, Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann Member, Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture 466 1341 Ruairi Quinn LAB Dublin South East Minister, Department of Education and Skills 3299 Pat Rabbitte LAB Dublin South West Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources James Reilly FG Dublin North Minister, Department of Health 543 4054 Michael Ring FG Mayo 476 Shane Ross IND Dublin South Member, Public Accounts Committee 16363 7 subs 1865 views Brendan Ryan LAB Dublin North Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 274 928 Alan Shatter FG Dublin South Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence 1589 Seán Sherlock LAB Cork East 1143 4694 0 Róisín Shortall LAB Dublin North West Brendan Smith FF Cavan- Monaghan Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education 22 90
  44. 44. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 44 Arthur Spring LAB Kerry North- West Limerick Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 567 1051 Emmet Stagg LAB Kildare North Member, Committee on Procedure and Privileges Brian Stanley SF Laois-Offaly Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht Member, Joint Administration Committee 309 David Stanton FG Cork East Member, Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Private 1076 Peadar Tóibín SF Meath West Member, Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions 3781 friends 1101 6 Billy Timmins FG Wicklow Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 4731 friends 715 Robert Troy FF Longford- Westmeath Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 221 383 Joanna Tuffy LAB Dublin Mid West Member, Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Member, Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality 349 1625 Liam Twomey FG Wexford Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 2681 friends 558 Leo Varadkar FG Dublin West Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport 417 1178 Jack Wall LAB Kildare South Member, Joint Administration Committee Member, Committee on Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann Mick Wallace IND Wexford Member, Committee on Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Member, Committee on European Union Affairs 4995 friends 7260 10 Subs 6486 views Brian Walsh FG Galway West Member, Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht 155 458 Alex White LAB Dublin South Member, Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform 589 1237 Appendix B
  45. 45. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 45 Irish Government Departments – Social Media Presence [Note: Figures given are for the Departments – many Departments have sub-divisions/sections with their own Social Media presence.] Government Body What are they responsible for? An Bord Bia Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, acts as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Our objective is to develop markets for Irish suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide. 9,988 10,588 189 Subs 127,512 views An Bord Glas The Bord Glas Quality Programme involves implementing quality systems which ensure that horticultural produce is produced and handled in line with best practices and procedures, while also fulfilling current regulatory requirements. An Bord Pleanála "To play our part as an independent national body in an impartial, efficient and open manner, to ensure that physical development and major infrastructure projects in Ireland respect the principles of sustainable development, including the protection of the environment." An Chomhairle Ealaíon (The Arts Council) The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life. 687 4,021 An Chomhairle Leabharlanna AskAboutIreland is managed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with funding from the Information Society Fund. 258 558 9 subs 792 views Appeal Commissioners for purposes of Tax Acts The Appeal Commissioners are responsible for carrying out the statutory duties assigned under the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 and related legislation, principally the hearing of appeals by taxpayers against decisions of the Revenue Commissioners concerning taxes and duties. Area Development Management Limited The Area Development Management (Adm.ie) Awards is an annual event honouring Irish individuals and organisations for their amazing achievements within Irish development areas. These awards reward community organisations and Irish businesses for all their hard work over
  46. 46. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 46 the years. Army Pensions Board The Pensions Board's mission is to support a sustainable pensions system that will provide adequate and reliable pensions for retired and older people and that achieves wide coverage. Attorney General The Attorney General is the legal adviser to the Government and is therefore the chief law officer of the State. Bord Fáilte Éireann Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority. Our role is to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. 535 10,069 56 subs 7841 views Bord na gCon The Irish Greyhound Board - Bord na gCon - is a commercial semi-state body which is responsible for the control and development of the greyhound industry in the Republic of Ireland. 6,010 204 subs 258,635 views Blood Transfusion Service Board Organise and administer a blood transfusion service including the processing or supply of blood derivatives or other blood products, and also including blood group and other tests in relation to specimens of blood received by the Board. 42,340 2787 Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge Foras na Gaeilge is the body responsible for the promotion of the Irish language throughout the whole island of Ireland. Broadcasting Commission of Ireland The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was established on 1st October 2009 to regulate content across all broadcasting, assuming the roles previously held by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) 390 1031 2 subs 296 views Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited The National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) was formally established on 1 January, 2007 under the National Sports Campus Development Authority Act 2006 Censorship of Publications Board The Censorship of Publications Board is an independent board in Ireland established by law to examine books and periodicals for sale. Central Statistics Office "The collection, compilation, extraction and dissemination for statistical purposes of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State". 5,864 6 subs 1,665 views Central Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources.
  47. 47. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 47 C.E.R.T. Now part of Failte Ireland. Chester Beatty Library The Chester Beatty Library is a public charitable trust established under the will of the late Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, which was granted probate in 1969. 1,863 1,567 14 subs 2,082 views Chief State Solicitor’s Office See Attorney General above Civil Service Commissioners The Civil Service Commissioners (later the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners), a commission of three persons charged with determining the standards for entry to the Civil Service of the Government of Saorstát Éireann Coimisiún Logainmneacha An Coimisiún Logainmneacha, which was established in 1946, advises on the research of the place-names of Ireland and on providing authoritative Irish forms of those names for official and public use. Comhairle na Nimheanna The functions of the Council are to advise the Minister and the Minister for Agriculture and Food in relation to any Regulation made under the Poisons Act, and on any other matter in relation to poisons, their manufacture, storage, transport, distribution, sale or use. Combat Poverty Agency Combat Poverty was established under the Combat Poverty Agency Act 1986, which set out our four general functions: policy advice, project support and innovation, research and public education. Comhairle na nOspidéal Comhairle na nOspidéal, which is the body appointed to regulate the number and type of consultant appointments and to specify qualifications for these levels. Commission For Aviation Regulation The Commission for Aviation Regulation regulates certain aspects of the aviation and travel trade sectors in Ireland. Commission for Charitable Donations and Bequests The Commissioners, who offer their services on a voluntary basis, provide various services for charities. Many of the services are of a judicial or quasi-judicial nature and must be exercised according to the strict rule of law which governs charities. Commission for Electricity Regulation The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) is the independent body responsible for overseeing the liberalisation of Ireland's energy sector. Competition The Competition Authority is an 262
  48. 48. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 48 Authority independent statutory body that enforces Irish and European competition law. Comptroller and Auditor General To provide independent assurance that public money is properly managed and spent to good effect and to contribute to improvements in public administration. Courts Service To manage the courts, support the judiciary and provide a high-quality and professional service to all users of the courts. 229 Defence Forces The Defence Forces Information Office is responsible for providing accurate and timely information to members of the general public as well as serving and past members of the Defence Forces. 26,594 4,973 1,843 subs 1,292,978 views Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine The Irish Government's commitment to the agri- food sector remains strong. In the Supplementary Estimate for 2012, the Exchequer is providing €1.339 billion for agriculture for agriculture, fisheries and food and public expenditure will amount to over €2.639 billion. Dept of Community Rural,& Gaeltacht Affairs The Department oversees the conservation, preservation, protection and presentation of Ireland's heritage and cultural assets. The Department also seeks to promote the Irish language and to support the Gaeltacht. Dept of Defence The Department has civil and military elements and was established by the Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924, which assigns to it “the administration and business of the raising, training, organisation, maintenance, equipment, management, discipline, regulation and control according to law of the military defence forces”. Dept of Education & Science The Department of Education and Skills is a department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. The mission of the Department is to provide high-quality education. Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Employment To support the creation of good jobs by promoting the development of a competitive business environment in which enterprises will operate to high standards and grow in sustainable markets. 1,729 Dept of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government Our Statement of Strategy 2011-2014 sets out the key objectives and strategies that will be pursued by the Department in its core functional areas of environment, and planning, housing, local government, meteorological services and corporate services over the coming three years.
  49. 49. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 49 Dept of Finance To support the achievement of the Government's economic and social objectives by promoting a sound, sustainable economic and budgetary environment, continuing improvements in the efficiency of public services, and an effective framework for financial services. Dept of Foreign Affairs The DFAT Strategy Statement sets out the foreign policy objectives, as defined by the Government, to be pursued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the next three years. 19 Twitter accounts Main acc @dfatirl not working at present Dept of Health & Children The Department of Health's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services. This is carried out in conjunction with the Health Services Executive, voluntary service providers, Government Departments and other interested parties. 1 like Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform Our collective mission is to help make Ireland a safer and fairer place in which to live and work, visit and do business. Dept of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has responsibility for the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Energy sectors. It regulates, protects and develops the Natural Resources of Ireland. Dept of Transport To ensure that the transport, tourism and sport sectors make the greatest possible contribution to economic recovery, fiscal consolidation, job creation and social development. Dept of Social & Family Affairs The Mission Statement of the Department is to promote active participation in society through the provision of income supports, employment services and other services. Dept of the Taoiseach To provide the Government, Taoiseach and Ministers of State with the support, policy advice and information necessary for the effective conduct of Government. Dept of Arts Sport &Tourism This Department is responsible for the formulation of national policies in connection with arts, sports and tourism. The agencies under its aegis are responsible for the implementation of these policies. Director of Consumer Affairs The National Consumer Agency (NCA) is a statutory body established by the Irish Government in May 2007 to enforce consumer law and promote consumer rights. 6,114 Director of Public The Director's Office aims to operate to the
  50. 50. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 50 Prosecutions highest professional standards and to treat all those with whom it has dealings fairly, equally, and consistently without any wrongful discrimination. Dublin Transportation Office Eastern Regional Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources. Enterprise Ireland Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. 2,633 7,240 266 subs 79,797 views Environmental Protection Agency The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. 1,184 134 subs 83,644 views Equality Authority The Equality Authority is an independent body set up under the Employment Equality Act 1998. It was established on 18th October 1999. European Regional Development Fund Financial Control Unit ERDF oversees the spending of EU funds in Ireland. Fàs Fás International Consultancy Limited Fire Services Council The function of the Council is to provide courses of instruction for the fire service personnel and other persons and to advise the Minister in relation to the education and training needs of fire service personnel. Food Safety Authority of Ireland The principal function of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is to take all reasonable steps to ensure that food produced, distributed or marketed in the State meets the highest standards of food safety and hygiene reasonably available. 1,405 301 23 subs 8,958 views Forfàs Forfás is Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. 147 1,488 Heritage Council The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. 1,663 677 18 sub 4,224 views
  51. 51. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 51 Health & Safety Authority The Health and Safety Authority is the national statutory body with responsibility for enforcing occupational safety and health law, promoting and encouraging accident prevention, and providing information and advice to all companies, organisations and individuals. 3,523 892 179 subs 110,474 views Horse Racing Ireland The HRI mission statement is "to develop and promote Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding". Horse Racing Ireland is responsible for racing in both the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. 658 1,623 272 subs 15,567 views Housing Finance Agency Established as a state-owned company in 1982, the Housing Finance Agency provides loan finance to local authorities and voluntary housing bodies for housing and related purposes. IDA Ireland Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. 11,369 115 subs 24,966 views Information Commissioner The Office of the Information Commissioner reviews decisions made by public bodies in relation to Freedom of Information requests. Our job is to review such decisions in a fair and independent way. Information Society Commission Website no longer available Ireland-US Commission for Educational Exchange A bilateral agreement between Ireland and the United States was signed in 1988 and a statutory public body, The Ireland - United States Commission for Educational Exchange (The Fulbright Commission), was established in 1992. 449 857 9 subs 1,738 views Irish Film Board Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for the Irish film industry investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production. 5,593 24,653 79 subs 14,915 views Irish Manuscripts Commission Since 1928, when the Commission was established by the Irish Government, scholarship and learning have expanded beyond anything that could have been conceived at the time. The Commission has played a significant role in this process by publishing to the highest scholarly standard, editions, calendars and lists of primary materials. 77 Irish Medicines Board The mission of the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) is 'to protect and enhance public and animal health through the regulation of medicines, medical devices and healthcare products'. The Irish Museum of The Museum’s mission is to foster within society 11,500 6,507
  52. 52. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 52 Modern Art an awareness, understanding and involvement in the visual arts through policies and programmes which are excellent, innovative and inclusive. Irish National Stud Company The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. 2,448 2,538 4 subs 16,000+ views Irish Sports Council The Irish Sports Council plans, leads and co- ordinate the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland. 4 accounts 4,543 total likes 2,297 Yes but not stats Irish Water Safety Association Did you know that on average 150 people drown in Ireland each year? Most of these tragic deaths happen inland, in rivers and lakes, on farms and in and around homes and these accidents are preventable. 1,088 114 Labour Relations Commission We work with employers and employees to develop and improve good employment relations practices and procedures in their workplaces. Land Registry The Authority is a statutory body whose members are representative of the main users and consumers of property registration services. The PRA replaced the Registrar of Deeds and Titles as the "registering authority" in relation to property registration in Ireland. Frank Treacy is the Interim Chief Executive of the Authority. Legal Aid Board The legal Aid Board is a statutory body established under the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995. The functions of the Board are: To provide legal aid and legal advice in civil cases (i.e., non- criminal cases) to people who meet the criteria and to provide information about its services. Local Appointments Commissioners The Public Appointments Service, formerly the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners, is the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service. We also provide recruitment and consultancy services to local authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies. 1,313 102 Local Government Computer Services Board The LGMA/LGCSB will be a national centre of excellence providing, procuring and coordinating a range of service supports, required in the local government sector, which are most appropriately and efficiently co-ordinated and at time delivered at national level. Marine Institute The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI). 118 National Archives Occupying a key position in the cultural and
  53. 53. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 53 intellectual life of the nation, the National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity. National Archives Advisory Council See above National Centre For Partnership and Performance The National Centre for Partnership & Performance (NCPP) was established by Government in 2001 to promote and facilitate partnership-led change and innovation in Ireland’s workplaces. National Concert Hall The National Concert Hall, based in Dublin’s city centre, is rated by performing artists as one of the finest concert halls in Europe and boasts a thrilling line-up of some of the world’s greatest performers both nationally and internationally. 10,823 7,539 65 subs 54,270 views National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism In Ireland a National Coordinating Committee of government departments/agencies and non government organisations was established by the Department of Equality and Law Reform. National Dairy Council The NDC plays a vital role in driving a sustainable dairy industry in Ireland and in educating consumers on the role of dairy in their lifestyles. 5,681 183 National Council for Curriculum & Assessment The mission is to advise the Minister for Education and Skills on curriculum and assessment from early childhood to the end of second level, engage with learners, teachers, practitioners, parents and others to support innovation in schools and other educational settings. 729 National Disability Authority The National Disability Authority is the independent state body providing expert advice on disability policy and practice to the Minister, and promoting Universal Design in Ireland. 12 Subs 4,281 views National Drugs Strategy Team Government policy is over seen by the National Drugs Strategy Team, premised on the recognition that drug misuse is a complex problem, requiring a multidisciplinary response across a range of government agencies, non- governmental organisations, professionals and communities. National Economic and Social Council The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) advises the Taoiseach on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic and social development. 96 National Economic and Social Fourm Part of the NESC above National Gallery of Ireland The National Gallery holds the National Collection of European and Irish fine art. 4,026 7,494
  54. 54. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 54 National Library of Ireland The mission of the Library is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe of recorded knowledge. 6,473 5,707 28 subs 90 views National Milk Agency The National Milk Agency was established under the Milk (Regulation of Supply) Act, 1994 for the purposes of maintaining an adequate supply of liquid milk within the State. National Museum of Ireland Welcome to Ireland’s premier cultural institution and home to the greatest collections of Irish material heritage, culture and natural history in the world. Whether online or in person, we hope your experience is engaging and inspiring. 5,079 8,300 National Roads Authority The Authority's primary function, under the Roads Act 1993, is to secure the provision of a safe and efficient network of National roads. 1,011 National Safety Council The RSA mission is simple: to make roads safer for everyone. The current national Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce collisions, deaths and injuries by 30%. 27,860 1,721 70 subs 74,900 views National Social Work Qualifications Board Our team members would work in collaboration with your agency to undertake tasks and provide up to date reports enabling you to deliver an ongoing package of care to your clients. National Standards Authority of Ireland NSAI enables Ireland to effect best international standards across all business practices and protects Irish consumers by setting regulatory standards and enforcing measurement accuracy. 12 subs 6,074 National Statistics Board The National Statistics Board is responsible to Government for developing its statistical strategy. This responsibility includes the setting of priorities for the compilation and development of official statistics in Ireland and guiding the strategic direction of the Central Statistics Office. NDP - CSF Evaluation Unit NDP/CSF/ Evaluation Unit/Information Office NDP - CSF Information Office As above NDP - CSF Information Technology Unit As above Northern Regional Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources. North Western Regional Fisheries On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for
  55. 55. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 55 Board the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources. Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement The mission of the office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement is to improve the compliance environment for corporate activity in the Irish economy. 96 223 Office of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation ComReg is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radio communications and broadcasting transmission) and the postal sector. Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas The Oireachtas (National Parliament) consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) 1,684 8,861 99 subs 30,911 views Office of Public Works Our customers are Government, other Departments, Offices and Agencies and, ultimately, the public. Official Censor of Films IFCO, a statutory body first established in 1923, is responsible for examining and certifying all cinema films and videos/DVDs distributed in Ireland. Ombudsman The Office of the Ombudsman examines complaints from members of the public who feel they have been unfairly treated by certain public bodies. 584 Ordnance Survey To maintain and develop the underlying physical infrastructure to support mapping and mapping applications. 1,579 279 Patents Office "To provide an efficient and effective system of industrial property protection that will encourage technological progress and promote enterprise through the implementation by the Office of the relevant legislation". Pensions Board The Pensions Board's mission is to support a sustainable pensions system that will provide adequate and reliable pensions for retired and older people and that achieves wide coverage Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board See HSE Radio Telefís Éireann RTE is the national TV and Radio broadcaster 20+ Facebook pages for various shows 7+ Twitter accounts 46,637 subs 59,680,2 91 views Railway Procurement Agency Secure the provision of, or to provide, such light railway and metro infrastructure as may be
  56. 56. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 56 determined from time to time by the Minister for Transport Registrar of Friendly Societies See Freedom of Information website Registry of Deeds The Registry of Deeds is located in Henrietta Street, Dublin, Ireland and is a reposity of records of wills, land transactions in Ireland and other deeds from 1709. Revenue Commissioners Assess, collect and manage taxes and duties for over 93% of Exchequer Revenue 781 47 subs 116,779 views RTE Commercial Enterprises Limited See RTE RTE Music Limited See RTE Seirbhísí na Gaeilge Teoranta (TG4) Ireland Irish language TV channel 15,508 4,937 392 subs 392,636 views Shannon Free Airport Development Ltd Shannon Development is a government owned regional development company dedicated to promoting and developing the Shannon Region of Ireland. 8,776 Shannon Regional Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources. Social Welfare Tribunal See Dept of Social and Family Affairs Social Welfare Appeals Office See Dept of Social and Family Affairs Southern Regional Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources. South Western Regional Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources. Standards in Public Office Commission Its functions include supervising the disclosure of interests and compliance with tax clearance requirements, the disclosure of donations and election expenditure and the expenditure of state funding received by political parties. State Laboratory The State Laboratory was established in 1924 to provide an analytical and advisory service to the newly formed Irish Government
  57. 57. Social Media in Politics www.ahaingroup.com Page | 57 Teagasc Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. 6,366 4 accounts 3,515 103 Subs 50,677 views The Agency For Personal Services Overseas The Agency for Personal Service Overseas (APSO) is an Irish government agency which was set up to promote temporary personal service by people from Ireland in the developing world. Ùdaràs na Gaeltachta Údarás na Gaeltachta is the regional authority responsible for the economic,social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht 365 830 708 Subs 30,725 views Valuation Office The Valuation Office is the State property valuation agency. Victim Support Western Development Commission A confident and ambitious Western Region where excellence, innovation and creativity are rewarded. 7,089 3,243 14 subs 8912 views Western Regional Fisheries Board On July 1st 2010 Inland Fisheries Ireland was formally established as the agency responsible for the conservation, protection, management, marketing, development and improvement of our inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

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