Data released by Facebook has revealed that Fine Gael are the most discussed political party on Facebook in Offaly since November.
By Damian Moran
Across the county, Fianna Fáil were the second most discussed party while Sinn Féin are in third spot. The Labour Party come fourth in the rankings for conversations in Offaly, followed by the Green Party, then Renua, the Social Democrats, the Anti Austerity Alliance and the People Before Profit Alliance.
Facebook’s data has also revealed that health, the economy and infrastructure were the most discussed election-related issues in Offaly. After that came crime and corruption, social welfare, housing, flooding, education and abortion.
In terms of personality politics, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the most discussed political leader in Offaly, with Tánaiste Joan Burton coming second. Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin was third in the county ahead of Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin. Eamon Ryan of the Green Party was the fifth most discussed leader.
Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s Politics & Government Specialist for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, said: “As February 26th approaches, we seeing the level of election-related conversation on Facebook get louder and louder across the counties, including Offaly. There have been over three million interactions on Facebook related to the General Election already.
“As this data for Offaly shows, we’ve been able to really dig down into these interactions and understand what issues voters really care about. What is clear is that there is a lot of interest in the election throughout the county. We expect to see even further activity from Offaly based Facebook users over the rest of the campaign.”
1. Fine Gael
2. Fianna Fáil
3. Sinn Féin
5. Green Party
7. Social Democrats
8. Anti Austerity Alliance
9. People Before Profit Alliance
1. Enda Kenny (Fine Gael)
2. Joan Burton (Labour Party)
3. Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin)
4. Micheál Martin (Fianna Fáil)
5. Eamon Ryan (Green Party)
4. Crime and Corruption
5. Social Welfare