A survey carried out by mathematician Eamon Bell has revealed that Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams is the most-followed TD on Twitter, with over 31,000 followers, while Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is the most active user of the social media network, with over 4,500 Tweets. In the Longford/Westmeath constituency, the most active politician on Twitter is Fine Gael’s Nicky McFadden with 361 Tweets and 1,393 followers. Her Fianna Fáil counterpart, Robert Troy has contributed 67 Tweets and has 803 followers. And while Fine Gael’s James Bannon and Labour’s Willie Penrose both have accounts set up with the social network, neither TD has contributed yet.
Twitter is increasingly being recognised as an important link between public representatives and their constituents.