SDLP run bloggers breakfast on Monday morning…

Great news for bloggers and citizen photo journos below the fold:

SDLP European Election Alban Maginness MLA is to host a bloggers’ breakfast to mark the launch of his Party Election Broadcast on Tuesday 12 May at 10am in Dukes at Queens Hotel, University Street, Belfast.

Mr Maginness is inviting media and bloggers alike to the first screening of the film which will air on Youtube ahead of its broadcast on television later that evening.

The SDLP team will update guests on the online campaign and are encouraging attendees to blog, tweet or flickr live from the event with the use of free WiFi.

In what is believed to the first political event of its kind in Northern Ireland, Mr Maginness will invite tweets to his twitter account which will form the basis of an Ask Alban webcast later this month.

All reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome.

  • JD

    When did you join the SDLP Mick?

  • nineteensixtyseven

    JD,

    Do you not consider a political event for bloggers a worthy topic for a political blog?

  • sj1

    Mick, do you have to register?

  • Mick Fealty

    Never have JD.

    BUT, I have been encouraging all parties to engage directly with bloggers. Labour, FG, FF the Greens have all been doing this kind of thing in the Republic. It’s been long overdue here.

    Let’s hope they are not the only ones!!!

  • Rory Carr

    But will they have the answers to the BIG questions is what the public wants to know.

    – Which shampoo and conditioner will give me that
    “all-eyes-on-me” glossy shine?

    – Which toilet block will make my bog squeaky,
    shiny clean?

    – Who really killed Princess Diana?

    – Is Pope Benedict really Dan Brown in drag?

    – Who is Eddie McGrady really? And why?

  • Expenses111

    Rory,

    Eddie McGrady is an old git who does nothing for South Down

  • Ulsters my homeland

    ‘a bloggers’ breakfast’

    This sounds too common for the SDLP, ‘a bloggers’ brunch’ would be up their street.

  • Dec

    Eddie McGrady is an old git who does nothing for South Down

    That’ll explain why he averages about 23,000 votes in westminster elections.

  • Tuesday

    “SDLP run bloggers breakfast on Monday morning…
    Great news for bloggers and citizen photo journos below the fold:

    SDLP European Election Alban Maginness MLA is to host a bloggers’ breakfast to mark the launch of his Party Election Broadcast on Tuesday 12 May at 10am in Dukes at Queens Hotel, University Street, Belfast.”

    The title is wrong- the breakfast is on Tuesday morning…

  • expenses111

    Dec,

    He actually got 21,000 votes but that is 4 years ago. What has he done since then? Flap all. His reputation has been damaged by Margaret Ritchie has she has been telling some constituents some rather large porkies.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Thats funny cos I heard one SDLP MLA , refer to Sluggers Political blogger of 2008 asa “dangerous bastard”.

    Is it invitation only?

  • nineteensixtyseven

    Apparently “To confirm attendence email albanforeurope@sdlp.ie with the words Bloggers’ Breakfast in the subject header.”

  • Obviously aimed at the salaried, retired or underoccupied blogger, as some of us with jobs will be doing them at 10am on a Tuesday rather than attending this event.

  • Jenny,

    … some of us with jobs will be doing them at 10am on a Tuesday ..

    Hear, hear! This is a common problem in the unreal world of blogging and politics – the belief that no-one really has to work, and that anyone who matters can be available betwen 9 and 5, Monday to Friday. It really makes me wonder if these people actually know how the real world works – they seem to exist in some privileged vacuum where money just magically appears in their accounts – which of course it probably does, thanks to the tax payer.

  • Expenses111

    Its seems you have a problem with the SDLP. I do hope you are not going to tell us the alternative in S Down (SF’s Caitriona Ruane) is doing a great job?

    Ill be taking an hour out from the day job to get down. Hope I am able to do so for other parties too if they organise such an event.

    Conall

  • Expenses111

    Conall

    Anyone in South Down that needs an MLA representation is in bother. The SDLP have a poor name in some parts because the word on the street is that Margaret Ritchie has been telling some constituents some rather large porkies. When called upon for her she tells people to get lost. Eddie McGrady called for the blast wall outside Downpatrick Police station to be pulled down. Thank God the local police seen through that. Sinn Fein are the only ones who try but Catriona Ruane has let them down. Jim Wells hides in Kilkeel and john McCallister is never seen.

  • Fair play Expenses.

    You wear you colours on your slieve. I totally disagree with what you say about Eddie, Margaret and the SDLP in S Down but I don’t suspect anything I would say could change your mind.

    One thing I know for sure. If SF run Ruane. They will be in trouble there.

  • Expenses111

    Conall,

    I am not someone with a closed mind. What makes you think the SDLP in south down are wortha chance? Please explain.

    To be honest about Ruane she is never seen in South Down. It is the ones on the ground who carry her. Catriona Ruane has no constituency office.

  • oneill

    Hear, hear! This is a common problem in the unreal world of blogging and politics – the belief that no-one really has to work, and that anyone who matters can be available betwen 9 and 5, Monday to Friday.

    The only time I’ve ever agree with The Horseman. I don’t know about the average SDLPer but breakfast for me is at 6.30- by 10 o’clock I’ll have been earning an honest crust for over two hours. Good idea, but very few of us in NI are professional fulltime bloggers yet and thus able to spare a couple of leisurely hours on a normal work-day

  • Would you guys be up for it if we asked them to bring it forward to say 8.00am?

  • Expenses111

    What makes you think the SDLP in south down are worth chance? Please explain

  • oneill

    Conall,

    I still wouldn’t be able to make it in person but it would be certainly easier for me to access and contribute to any realtime stuff you put on twitter or live-blogging.

  • brendan,belfast

    Ah, it’s election time and SF stooges are out in force. Expenses111 you wrote,

    “What makes you think the SDLP in south down are worth chance? Please explain”

    If you explain in proper english what you mean then I imagine Conall might have a chance of answering you. What does ‘worth chance’ mean??

    I live in Belfast so I am not well versed in soouth Down politics but since Eddie McGrady has been returned to represent the constituency for over 20 years it makes you think that he / the SDLP are doing something right down there. Give me a choice of Margaret Ritchie or Catriona Ruane and I know who I would pick any day.

  • Le Sulk

    I live in South Down and can tell you Sinn Fein do f&@k all there! Catriona Ruane is a muppet; rejected by the electorate in 2005. Yeah she is an MLA- but so was Mick Murphy ffs! Any nimrod on a SF ticket would get elected for the Assembly. SDLP are the only ones doing any work there, only problem is that some of their representatives are too old and portrayed as out-of-touch.

  • Conall – ‘Would you guys be up for it if we asked them to bring it forward to say 8.00am’?

    Absolutely.

  • Le Sulk,

    Your comment: “SDLP are the only ones doing any work there … ” might be true, but your e-mail address (which we can all see) is barry.magee@sdlpyouth.com, which hints at a partisan bias, don’t you think?

    … their representatives are too old and portrayed as out-of-touch

    A bit disloyal, no?

  • sj1

    Would you guys be up for it if we asked them to bring it forward to say 8.00am’?

    Theres no chance of people getting into Belfast by 8 am, especially people with families and children. It’ll exclude women with kids for a start.

  • “Ulsters my homeland” – you probably haven’t seen too many SDLP membership lists if you think they’re more into brunch than breakfast. Sinn Fein organised a Wine and Cheese reception in Derry City on Friday night so how’s that for working class! Maybe their chums in the Swish Family Robinson came along too? Hardly a working class coalition it seems.
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  • Expenses111

    Le Sulk aka Barry Magee how dim are you? How would you feel if I printed your comments out and sent them to Mark Durkan and Eddie McGrady? Maybe at your next meeting with these old out-of-touch people you could give them a shove.

    Why not explain to us the SDLP achievements in South Down? Answers on a postage stamp

  • bobballs

    think the SDLP have come with something really good here.

    A mate who has access fo NIMMS tells me Alban isn’t-doing-so-well-slash-is-invisible in print press. Alban could benefit from a relaunch. And lo and behold…

    The SDLP have pulled together a multi-media set piece – and have given bloggers primacy. Isn’t this how it ought to work for this type of event?

    would it be better to run it from 7.30am, throw on some bacon sarnies etc. You may get more people before work and because there’s something unique about this you may get GMU down to do a soft piece (before the squabbling slots post-8am). And if you do then maybe that’ll help to tee up a debate on Nolan?? And Nolan helps to set the day’s news agenda etc etc… But if the event start at 10am then maybe you lose out on numbers and media options??

    PEBs go out in the deadzone break after the news. The real audience for the PEB is online. Surely the SDLP are making a better fist of tapping into the right audience than others have done?

    The other thing is that i accidentally bumped into the SF PEB. This time round I know to expect the SDLP’s effort. Even to a small degree, surely what they’ve done is already successful?

    There’s no way I’ll get to this for 10am, but I might be make be able to make it for 8am or earlier.

  • sj1

    They ought to run these things in the evening or weekends. 10am suits me, if it starts at 8 it would only last for 30 mins or so, by the time ppl arrive late and then have to leave for work at nine…

    It may also cost more for them to get hotel staff to work those hours.

    For people to catch it before work it would need to begin around 7.30 to allow for late comers, and those who have to leave to start at nine, it would be all over the place.

    Why can’t they shift it to an evening?

  • Paul, Belfast

    Would you guys be up for it if we asked them to bring it forward to say 8.00am?

    Posted by Conall McDevitt on May 09, 2009 @ 02:46 PM

    If WE asked THEM?
    I assume by, referring to WE, you don’t mean a private company that employs your services, and by, THEM, i assume your referring to your colleagues, in the SDLP.