#ge11, Online in Dublin South Central

Oh dear! If this is tweet is really true than the FG spokesperson needs a reality check. I for one most certainly do not have too much time on my hands.  I don’t have time to read a newspaper from cover to cover every day, I don’t listen to radio (the joys of not driving to and from work), and living in an apartment I don’t have canvassers called. I am limited to flyers-through-the-door, television and internet to inform myself about who to vote for on Friday.  At that, very few candidates will feature prominently on television.

I live in the Dublin South Central electoral area. Let’s see what the candidates are revealing about themselves and their policies:

Who? www.thejournal.ie Ranking for visibility on the web http://td2011.com/ Social Media usage
Neville Bradley, Independent Profile views: 838 

Likes: 5

Dislikes: 6

Overall: 531st 

Constituency: 16th

Twitter: @votebradley 

Facebook: Yes

Blog:

Colm Brophy, 

Fine Gael

Profile views: 402 

Likes: 5

Dislikes: 3

Overall: 465th 

Constituency:13th

Twitter: @brophytalks 

Facebook: Yes

Blog/Web: http://www.colmbrophy.ie/

Catherine Byrne, 

Fine Gael

Profile views: 376 

Likes: 5

Dislikes: 11

Overall: 172nd 

Constituency: 3rd

Twitter: 

Facebook: Yes

Blog:

Eric Byrne, Labour Profile views: 415 

Likes: 7

Dislikes: 4

Overall: 289th 

Constituency: 6th

Twitter: @CllrEricByrne 

Facebook:

Blog/Web: http://www.ericbyrne.ie/

Colm Callanan, 

Christian Solidarity Party

Profile views: 473 

Likes: 7

Dislikes: 21

Overall: 409th 

Constituency: 8th

Twitter: 

Facebook:

Blog:

Joan Collins, 

People Before Profit

Profile views: 556 

Likes: 23

Dislikes: 11

Overall: 68th 

Constituency: 2nd

Twitter: @CllrJoanCollins 

Facebook: Yes

Blog: http://joan-collins.org/

Michael Conaghan, 

Labour

Profile views: 403 

Likes: 7

Dislikes: 1

Overall: 186th 

Constituency: 4th

Twitter: 

Facebook:

Blog:

Seán Connolly Farrell, 

Independent

Profile views: 591 

Likes: 2

Dislikes: 4

Overall: 528th 

Constituency:15th

Twitter: 

Facebook:

Blog:

Noel Francis Bennett, 

Independent

Profile views: 585 

Likes: 6

Dislikes: 4

Overall: 563rd 

Constituency: 18th

Twitter: 

Facebook:

Blog:

Gerry Kelly, 

Independent

Profile views: 1130 

Likes:11

Dislikes: 0

Overall: 457th 

Constituency:12th

Twitter: @VoteGerryKelly 

Facebook:

Blog: http://votegerrykelly.wordpress.com/

Paul King,
 

Independent

Profile views: 649 

Likes: 4

Dislikes: 5

Overall: 515th 

Constituency: 14th

Twitter: 

Facebook:

Blog:

Ruairi McGinley, 

Fine Gael

Profile views: 376 

Likes: 4

Dislikes: 4

Overall: 447th 

Constituency: 11th

Twitter: @ruairimcginley 

Facebook: Yes

Blog/web: http://ruairimcginley.cllr.ie/

Dominic Mooney, 

Independent

Profile views: 599 

Likes: 3

Dislikes: 8

Overall: 553rd 

Constituency: 17th

Twitter: 

Facebook:

Blog:

Michael Mulcahy, 

Fianna Fáil

Profile views: 269 

Likes: 6

Dislikes: 20

Overall: 203rd 

Constituency: 5th

Twitter: 

Facebook: Yes

Blog:

Oisín Ó hAlmhain,  

Green Party

Profile views: 620 

Likes: 13

Dislikes: 4

Overall: 434th 

Constituency: 9th

Twitter: @oisinohalmhain 

Facebook: yes

Blog:

http://www.real-dublin.ie/

Aengus Ó Snodaigh, 

Sinn Féin

Profile views: 533 

Likes: 12

Dislikes: 17

Overall: 26th 

Constituency: 1st

Twitter: 

Facebook: Yes

Blog:

Peter O’Neill, 

Independent

Profile views: 574 

Likes: 6

Dislike: 0

Overall: 436th 

Constituency:10th

Twitter: @ONeillPeter 

Facebook: says he has

Blog:

Henry Upton, 

Labour

Profile views: 412 

Likes: 7

Dislikes: 4

Overall: 292nd 

Constituency: 7th

Twitter: @henryupton 

Facebook: Yes

Blog:

If I don’t know much about the candidates, then how can I possibly vote for them?  Of the 18 candidates above, I have ruled out 6 purely and totally based on the fact that I have no information on them.  The Internet is a vast resource, many of the social tools are free, many are easy to set up and use.  Twitter is the best example here.  It takes precious little to set up a Twitter account and posting tweets is far from difficult. Several of those who have signed up on various social media platforms have not made enough of them.   Joan Collins has tweeted a grand total of 8 times, Neville Brady’s facebook page is practically empty.

So where does that leave me:

  • 5 candidates ruled out because of lack of information on them
  • 4 candidates ruled out immediately because I have issues with either their personalities or their policies
  • 6 candidates that I am not sure about and need to study further
  • 3 candidates that I have almost decided to vote for, though I haven’t decided the particular order

 

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