Getting to hard to reach constituents…

Simon McGarr, speaking from the floor, noted that in the Republic, there is a whole demographic of young, prosperous citizen that in effect not available in the traditional ways: door to door, or after church on a Sunday. Blogs is just one way of bringing those citizens back into the democratic loop. Dominic and Ciaran both noted the heightened profile that arises from being early adopters.

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Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty