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David McWilliams is Ireland's most influential Twitter user


David McWilliams

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Irish Independent columnist David McWilliams has topped the list as Ireland’s most influential Twitter user.

The economist was ranked #1 influencer for  his combined both broad public reach and influence on other influencers.

Wilson Hartnell public relations firm analysed the top 250 political influencers on Twitter and identified the #Power100 at the top.

Williams, a leading broadcaster and author, has over 110,000 followers and more than 160 followers among our influencers.

But there is a broad mix of politicians – current, former and perhaps future – media, commentators and analysts from the world of academia, the charity sector and beyond in the Top #100.

Independent TD Shane Ross, who writes for the Sunday Independent, was #6 with just over 30,000 followers and the Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan was #7.


The rest of the top ten included Today FM’s Matt Cooper (#2) and Harry McGee (#5) of the Irish Times, both respected for their sources, analysis and record for breaking news, while Sinn Fein President and Louth Deputy, Gerry Adams (#4), was the highest politician with over 64,000 followers.

“As an agency Wilson Hartnell has embedded social media across all our practices and in the work we do with many of our clients,” said Brian Bell, managing director.

“We believe the launch of our first #Power100, gives a fascinating insight into who are the key social media influencers of today’s political and policy environment in Ireland.

“We intend to make this a calendar event and look forward to providing an updated analysis on the changes to rankings in early 2015.”

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Wilson Hartnells aid the research was developed from a detailed network analysis showing interconnections, intersections and influence to allow them to look behind the Twitter handle to see who is shaping and informing political debate and policy in Ireland.

While Mr Adams was the most popular political party leader, Taoiseach Enda Kenny ranked #14 with 128 power followers. Fianna Fail’s Micheál Martin was #48 and the Green’s Eamon Ryan was #30.

Looking at those who sit around the Cabinet table, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is the only member to follow all of her colleagues, while health Minister Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Simon Coveney are the most followed by colleagues - although Mr Varadkar doesn’t follow An Taoiseach, nor does the Taoiseach follow Leo. 

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