On Friday myself and Peter Geoghegan will be driving down through Ireland for polling day, convening a short series of Tweet Ups. We begin in Cavan at the Farnham Arms Hotel first thing in the morning, moving on to Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon for lunch time and then on to Kilkenny for the final meet up over tea time.
Here’s our reasoning for choosing these constituencies:
Cavan Monaghan. Could be an early indicator of the extent of the Fine Gael surge. If they gain three seats here they may be on the way to single party government. Also the constituency on of the few where Sinn Fein is running a second candidate. #RTE #GE11 #cnmn
Roscommon South Leitrim. Local colour with independent candidate Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan who, as well as spearheading a local hospital campaign, has campaigned for cannabis legalisation for the last decade, and last year became Mayor of Roscommon. Also a possibility that Sinn Fein could sneak one against Fianna Fail. #RTE #GE11 #rssl
Carlow Kilkenny. Interesting because Fianna Fail’s dissenter in chief, former Minister of State John McGuinness is standing. Not cut and dried that he will win. In Mary White it has one of the few Green candidates with a chance. Labour and Fine Gael also set to make a gain of one seat each. Kathleen Funchion of Sinn Fein may also be in the running. #RTE #GE11 #cwkk
The constituency tags developed by Suzy at Maman Poulet. The format for each event is pretty straightforward:
– A half hour opening session chaired by myself, covering: local issues; who’s up & who’s down; expectations for the next government &c.
– Half hour for video interviews and informal chats among local tweeters (‘meet and tweet’), Facebookers, plain old fashioned non digital voters.
– Half hour uploading data-rich content (photos, short video clips, short‘audio clips &c) to Twitter stream.
And just so this is not just Internet folk talking to other Internet folk, if you are coming we also ask that you bring along an older friend or relative who does not ‘do’ Facebook, Twitter or blogs. If you don’t live handy to any of these ‘Tweet Ups’, I’d be grateful if you’d pass it on to a friend that does.
Spread the word, keep in touch through our Facebook page. And follow our favourite local election Tweeters in Cavan Monaghan; Roscommon South Leitrim; Carlow Kilkenny. Our hope is we’ll create an intelligent local #GE11 buzz on Twitter and bring you early news from three fascinatingly poised constituencies directly from the mouths of local people themselves…
You can follow me on Twitter @mickfealty and Peter @peterkgeoghegan…
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