Irish politicians have been lukewarm about Twitter. Irish president Michael Higgins and the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny have personal Twitter accounts. Neither of the two has ever tweeted personally and neither has tweeted since their successful elections in 2011. Furthermore neither is very well connected with other world leaders on Twitter with @EndaKennyTD not even following President @MD_Higgins.

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins

Irish President Michael Higgins has not been active on Twitter since the day before he was elected as President in November 2011, despite having over 20,000 followers. From January 2010 until October 2011 Michael Higgins’ Twitter account was active on a daily basis. During the last three weeks of the campaign until the day of voting in November 2011, his Twitter account was updated on average 28 times a day. From October onwards his campaign team consistently used the hashtag #aras11. His account was also very conversational with his audience as over a quarter of his tweets are @replies. Michael Higgins also used his Twitter account to make his campaign more visible tweeting snapshots of his campaign bus, campaign posters as well as images of him meeting with supporters. His last tweet from 11 November 2011 is a thank you to his followers: “President Michael d Higgins, thank you all #pres9.” The Irish president unilaterally follows the Taoiseach @EndaKennyTD, the @WhiteHouse and @Number10Gov but they don’t follow him back.

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Michael D Higgins


President of Ireland

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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 01/12/2010
Language: English
Status: Dormant since 11.11.2011
Tweets/day: 0.84
Retweets: 19%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.55
Replies/Tweet: 0.28
Tweets retweeted: 37%
Most mentioned @md_higgins (65), @LaineyHughes (9), @carldevlinwhyte (9), @SpunOut (9), @poshknacker (7), @MaybeRory (7), @kencurtin (7), @sawdoctors (5), @Smurphette85 (5), @Sharon_Corr (5)

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Prime Minister of Ireland Enda Kenny

The Irish Taoiseach’s (Prime Minister’s) account is a typical campaign account: very active during the campaign before going silent once elected. Enda Kenny started to tweet on 21 April 2010, nearly a year before the 2011 general election but has been quiet since 8 July 2011. During the campaign Enda Kenny was actively engaged with his followers as almost half of his tweets were @replies to his followers. As the campaign went into its final phase he used the hashtag #enda and #ge11 and retweeted tweets from @FineGael his party’s account. On average Enda Kenny’s Twitter account was updated three times a week. As the Election Day approached, images became part of his Twitter updates, primarily Twitpics of Enda Kenny with members of the public. Since the 2011 general election, the account was only updated twice in June and once in July 2011 before going silent. It is a verified account and recently updated its header picture showing the Taoiseach speaking on a panel with other European leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Enda Kenny


Taoiseach, Leader of Fine Gael, husband and father.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 04/21/2010
Language: English
Status: Dormant since 08.07.2011
Tweets/day: 0.94
Retweets: 7%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.4
Tweets retweeted: 93%
Most mentioned @facebook (2), @WebSummitHQ (2), @NASDAQ (2)

Government of Ireland

@Merrionstreet is the official Twitter account of the Irish government named after the location of the government buildings on the south side of Dublin. The account tweets almost six times a day, frequently sharing videos and pictures of the government’s activities on its Twitter stream. The account rarely retweets or @replies and occasionally mentions other Twitter users including the @BritishMonarchy during Queen Elizabeth’s II first official state visit to the Republic of Ireland in May 2011 which is also one of its most popular tweets.

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@merrionstreet - Irish Government News Service is a service provided from Government Buildings in Dublin. RT's not an endorsement.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 05/25/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.56
Retweets: 16%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.17
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 65%
Most mentioned @RichardbrutonTD (30), @Paschald (17), @Entirl (17), @IRLDeptFinance (16), @CharlieFlanagan (16), @IDAIRELAND (12), @JobsEnterInnov (10), @JanOSullivanTD (9), @roinnslainte (7), @Airbnb (6)

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Foreign Minister of Ireland Charlie Flanagan

The Twitter account of Charlie Flanagan, Ireland’s foreign minister was created on 04 November 2009 but he only started to become active in early 2011. @CharlieFlanagan tweets on average six times per day, a third of which are retweets mainly of the Foreign Ministry @dfatirl and his own party @FineGael. Flanaghan often tweets personal observations and policy statements. Charlie Flanagan follows @FedericaMog, and @Number10gov but he is mutually only following his ministry @dfatirl and the Irish government @merrionstreet.

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Charlie Flanagan


Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade. Dail Deputy for Laois

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 11/04/2009
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 5.96
Retweets: 35%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.53
Replies/Tweet: 0.34
Tweets retweeted: 28%
Most mentioned @electionlit (45), @noelwhelan (40), @suzybie (26), @EamonDelaney10 (25), @LFSR2 (25), @IrishTimes (24), @IrelandStandUp (23), @Karlbroph (22), @dfarrell_ucd (20), @thejournal_ie (20)

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Foreign Ministry of Ireland IrishForeignMinistry

The most interesting fact about the official account of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is that the vast majority of its tweets are sent “on the go” from an iPhone and sometimes an iPad. Almost half of its tweets are retweets mainly from @Irish_Aid, the government account @merrionstreet and its embassies in Brussels (@IrelandRepBru), the U.S. (@IrelandEmbUSA, Mexico (@IrishEmbMexico), and the UK (@IrelandEmbGB). The verified account maintains a useful Twitter list of its 41 embassies and consulates on Twitter. @dfatirl is well connected with their peers, unilaterally followed by 36 and mutually connected with 13 other foreign ministries.

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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 08/29/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 6.74
Retweets: 42%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.53
Replies/Tweet: 0.07
Tweets retweeted: 46%
Most mentioned @EamonGilmore (243), @CharlieFlanagan (174), @JoeCostelloTD (97), @Irish_Aid (64), @PassportIRL (50), @seansherlocktd (47), @Paschald (40), @Entirl (37), @JimmyDeenihanTD (20), @HumanRightsIRL (17)

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