Wednesday 7 December 2016

Kenny most talked about party leader

Barry Lennon

Published 11/02/2016 | 02:30

Enda Kenny is the most talked about party leader on social media Photo: Andrew Downes/Xposure
Enda Kenny is the most talked about party leader on social media Photo: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny is the most talked about party leader on social media, the Irish Independent has found.

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Data analysis measuring how many times a leader is mentioned on sites like Facebook showed the Taoiseach in poll position among all age groups and across all regions of he country.

The analysis does not record the popularity of leaders but rather tracks the amount of times they are commented on or posts about them are liked by social media users.

The results partly reflect opinion polls as the leader of the most popular party - Fine Gael was highest in yesterday's poll at 30pc - is the most often mentioned.

Meanwhile, Eamon Ryan, the leader of the least popular party (the Green Party was on 2pc in the latest poll), was the least often mentioned by users of social media.

Just behind Mr Kenny is Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton who is second across all regions and ages.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who beat Fianna Fáil's Michéal Martin into third place, was particularly popular among 18 to 24-year-olds and the over 65s, who both talked about him 19pc of the time whilst using these websites.

Labour and Fine Gael were the most mentioned political parties while Sinn Féin was talked about most by 18 to 24-year-old social media users.

For a full break down on what young people are talking about online visit independent.ie

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