Plan for rural TDs to hold constituency clinics on Skype
Minister for Older People Jim Daly is to encourage rural TDs to hold constituency clinics through Skype when they are working in Leinster House.
The initiative is aimed at making TDs more accessible to constituents, especially older voters who want to speak to their local representative.
When he is in Dublin, Mr Daly's constituents will be able to come into his constituency office and speak to him through a laptop at certain times of the week.
His constituency staff are also planning to travel to the most rural parts of his Cork South-West constituency with a laptop to allow older people to speak to the minister through Skype. The meetings will be held in addition to his regular constituency clinics and weekly canvasses.
"I am always thinking of new ways to connect with my constituents," Mr Daly told the Sunday Independent.
"From my experience, meeting people face to face is the best option for all involved, and Skype delivers face-to-face meetings, albeit with the use of modern technology." Mr Daly has one of the longest commutes to the Dail, which does not give him the opportunity to meet constituents on sitting days.
"It's not possible to meet face to face with constituents during sitting days but now, with Skype clinics, I will be able to hold more meetings and give more options to my constituents to connect with me," he added.