Saturday 24 March 2018

The Punt: More #power to the 100 top Irish tweeters

Behave on Twitter as you would in person
Behave on Twitter as you would in person

Measuring influence is never easy but PR supremo Brian Bell of Wilson Hartnell thinks he's got it cracked.

He is launching #Power100, a list of the most politically influential Irish tweeters.

The ranking is digital but will be unveiled in real life, as it were, at the firm's Dublin offices next Wednesday. The office is just around the corner from Leinster House so we're hoping to see plenty of tweeting TDs and media savvy ministers pop by on the day, though presumably there'll be a facility to also follow online.

The Punt doesn't tweet, so we're spared the giddy excitement of wondering whether or not we've made the cut.

Apparently there is a bit of science behind this. The ranking is based on a "network analysis" that measures influence by looking at who connects to who via the old Twitter machine.

In other words, making the top 100 is all about being a "must follow" among the rest of the great and the good, rather than simply a case of minister + Twitter account = a ranking.

The Punt is inclined to be wary of the most prolific tweeters. Don't they have work to do or, dare we say it, an auld book they could be reading?


AIB board member retires

ALLIED Irish Banks has announced that one of its non-executive directors is set to retire from the bank's board.

Thomas Wacker will step down after his three-year term comes to a close on October 12 next.

The bank declined to comment on the reasons for the departure of Mr Wacker, who is in his 70s.

Mr Wacker (pictured) has seen his fair share of tackles - both corporate, no doubt, and physical.

A former chief executive of the International Rugby Board, Mr Wacker was a non-executive director of the USA Rugby Board.

He was also a non-executive director and former CEO of Belmont Advisors (UK) Limited and was a former chief executive of IFG Group plc's offshore business and non-executive director of the parent company.

Prior to this, he held management roles with Royal Trust Company of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Citibank, and Citigroup Investment Banking Group. Mr Wacker joined the Board in October 2011 and has been a member of the Audit Committee since November 2011.

It is understood that there is no definitive time set down to replace Mr Wacker, as he was not a government appointee, and there is currently nobody lined up to step in.


O'Leary's in for the long haul

Michael O'Leary was a rather popular man at yesterday's Ryanair agm.

Speaker after speaker praised him for the airline's continued success, while one enthusiastic shareholder asked if he was selling any horses.

He sat in the middle of a long rectangular table, resplendent in blue jeans, a dark blazer, and a pink shirt that was slightly too big for him.

O'Leary was flanked on both sides by most of his board, a collection mainly of grey men which includes former Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy.

It was a scene reminiscent of da Vinci's 'Last Supper', but it certainly won't be O'Leary's last agm.

The colourful Westmeath man said he's signed up to lead the yellow and blue for another five years.

"They've asked me to give a five-year commitment while we bed down the new management team - I said fine."

Perhaps understandably then, the Ryanair chief said he's not worried about succession at the moment.

But mischievous observers will have noted that the least popular resolution at yesterday's agm was on the remuneration report - which includes Mr O'Leary's pay. In the end, 78.6pc voted in favour of the report - 9pc lower than support for any other reso-lution.

Irish Independent

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