Fine Gael dominate Facebook conversation in Wicklow
With just a few days to go until polling day, new data released by Facebook has revealed that Fine Gael are the most discussed political party on Facebook in Wicklow since November.
Across the county, Sinn Féin were the second most discussed party while Labour are in third spot. Fianna Fáil come fourth in the rankings for conversations in Wicklow, followed by the Social Democrats, the Green Party, then Renua, the People Before Profit Alliance and the Anti Austerity Alliance.
Facebook's data has also revealed that health, the economy and infrastructure were the most discussed election-related issues in Wicklow. After that came crime and corruption, social welfare, housing, education, flooding and abortion.
In terms of personality politics, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the most discussed political leader in Wicklow, with Tánaiste Joan Burton coming second. Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin was third in the county ahead of Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin. Eamon Ryan of the Green Party was the fifth most discussed leader.
Elizabeth Linder, Facebook's Politics & Government Specialist for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, said: "As February 26th approaches, we are seeing the level of election-related conversation on Facebook get louder and louder across the counties, including Wicklow. There have been over three million interactions on Facebook related to the General Election already.
"As this data for Wicklow shows, we've been able to really dig down into these interactions and understand what issues voters really care about. What is clear is that there is a lot of interest in the election throughout the county. We expect to see even further activity from Wicklow based Facebook users over the rest of the campaign."