How the south is getting ahead of Northern Ireland…

You may never have heard of Thomas Byrne. He’s a 29 year old solicitor, who is also a Fianna Fail candidate in Meath East for the next General Election in the Republic. And he’s quietly getting to grips with how to use new media, effectively. He doesn’t have a seat yet, so he can’t really be ‘deselected’. But he shows what, as a politician, you can do to make your relationship directly with the people you want to vote for you with the simplest of new media tools.

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