October 1, 2014 – Today, we have launched new research which has been developed from a detailed network analysis showing interconnections, intersections and influence allowing us to look behind the Twitter handle to see who is shaping and informing political debate and policy in Ireland.

We analysed the top 250 political influencers on Twitter and identified the #Power100 at the top of the rankings while also noting the more interesting examples of the use of social media from those outside of our Top 100.  Within our Top 100, 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.

NameScreen nameRankPower FollowersFollowersType
David McWilliamsdavidmcw1167112849Commentator
Matt Coopercooper_m218599157Media
Politics.iePoliticsIE316928696Commentator
Gerry Adams TDGerryAdamsSF47164777Politician
Harry McGeeharrymcgee520218553Media
Shane Ross TDShane_RossTD612030499Politician
Fionnan Sheahanfionnansheahan718019395Media
David McCullaghmcculld817217401Media
David Cochranedavidcochrane915518231Media
Oireachtas NewsOireachtasNews1017815716Government
MerrionStreet.iemerrionstreet1116116493Government
Constantin GurdgievGTCost129626421Commentator
Gavan Reillygavreilly1314916490Media
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TDEndaKennyTD1412818919Politician
Lucinda Creighton TDLCreighton1515215132Politician
Politico.iepolitico_ie1613816253Commentator
Minister Simon Coveney TDsimoncoveney1714614886Politician
The Labour Partylabour1812217447Politician
Elaine ByrneElaineByrne1914614182Commentator
IDA IrelandIDAIRELAND207826174Government
Fine GaelFineGael2115413166Politician
Noel Whelannoelwhelan2216811895Commentator
Sarah McInerneySarahAMcInerney2315511809Media
Sinn Féinsinnfeinireland245627366Politician
Martin McGuinness MLAM_McGuinness_SF254137287Politician
Fianna Fáilfiannafailparty2610114722Politician
Luke Ming Flanagan MEPlukeming276821651Politician
Una MullallyUnaMullally286622302Media
Stephen Donnelly TDDonnellyStephen299715144Politician
Eamon RyanEamonRyan309813889Politician
Pearse Doherty TDPearseDoherty318715030Politician
Colm O'GormanColmogorman329413797Commentator
Mary Lou McDonald TDMaryLouMcDonald338415283Politician
Lise Handliseinthecity341339454Media
Suzy Byrnesuzybie351279897Commentator
Gavin Sheridangavinsblog369313457Commentator
Justin McCarthyMrJustinMac371388694Media
Jerry Buttimer TDjerrybuttimer381507961Politician
Martina FitzgeraldMartinaFitzg391517601Media
Joan Burton TDjoan_burton401179458Politician
Minister Leo Varadkar TDcampaignforleo411179344Politician
Green Party Irelandgreenparty_ie428112669Politician
Joe Higgins TDJoeHigginsTD436016844Politician
Ole SluggerSluggerOToole446116467Commentator
Minister Frances Fitzgerald TDFitzgeraldFrncs451297274Politician
Fiach Kellyfiachkelly461496250Media
Declan Ganleydeclanganley477312624Commentator
Micheál Martin TDMichealMartinTD488810352Politician
Minister Paschal Donohoe TDPaschald491426362Politician
Minister Seán Sherlock TDseansherlocktd501167615Politician
Mick Wallace TDwallacemick517112176Politician
Tom LyonsTomLyonsBiz52998676Media
John DrennanDrennanPolitics531286581Media
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TDAodhanORiordain541087654Politician
Minister Simon Harris TDSimonHarrisTD551316161Politician
Dr James Reilly TDDrJamesReilly561136673Politician
Sean Kelly MEPSeanKellyMEP571086864Politician
Pat Leahypatleahysbp581395251Media
Orla Tinsleyorlatinsley59749803Commentator
Mick Fealtymickfealty60858465Commentator
Fergus Finlayfergusfinlay61977316Commentator
Senator Jillian van TurnhoutJillianvT621175919Politician
David Davin-Powertheddp631145991Media
Hugh O'Connelloconnellhugh641135966Media
Colm Keaveney TDColm_Keaveney65976856Politician
David Farrelldfarrell_ucd661215447Commentator
Mary ReganMaryERegan671185542Commentator
John Lyons TDJohnLyonsTD681125499Politician
Minister Charlie Flanagan TDCharlieFlanagan691195078Politician
NAMAwinelakenamawinelake70619240Commentator
Oireachtas RetortOireachtas_RX71658540Commentator
Jane SuiterJaneSuit721055243Commentator
Dept of FinanceIRLDeptFinance731035267Government
Electionlitelectionlit741224330Commentator
Adrian KavanaghAdrianKavanagh751264079Commentator
Eoghan Murphy TDMurphyEoghan761253880Politician
Ciara Conway TDciaramconway77994756Politician
Johnny Fallonjonnyfallon78914982Commentator
Fergus O'Dowd TDFergusodowd791193662Politician
Jan O'Sullivan TDJanOSullivanTD80914773Politician
Phil PrendergastPhPrendergast81944565Politician
Mairead McGuinness MEPMaireadMcGMEP82954474Politician
Denis Naughten TDDenisNaughten831083850Politician
Cliff TaylorCliffTaylorSBP841004148Media
Minister Kathleen Lynch TDKathleenLynchTD85964175Politician
Minister Richard Bruton TDRichardbrutonTD86964153Politician
Joe Costello TDJoeCostelloTD87954186Politician
Ciaran Cannon TDciarancannon88894318Politician
Mary Mitchell O'Connor TDmitchelloconnor891073567Politician
Dara Calleary TDdaracalleary90914120Politician
Richard Boyd Barrett TDRBoydBarrett91546783Politician
John Paul Phelan TDJPPhelan921113152Politician
Brian Hayes MEPbrianhayesMEP931073149Politician
Joanna Tuffy TDjoannatuffytd941013291Politician
Ciaran Lynch TDCiaranLynchTD95933540Politician
Nessa Childers MEPNChildersMEP96804021Politician
Eoin O BroinEOBroin97714376Commentator
Alex White TDAlexWhiteTD98963225Politician
Minister Paul Kehoe TD govchiefwhip991052913Politician
Kevin Humphreys TDKHumphreysTD1001032943Politician
Minister Alan Kelly TDalankellylabour101893378Politician
Regina Doherty TDReginaDo1021002946Politician
Joe Carey TDjoecareytd1031082710Politician
Phil Hogan TDPhilHoganTD104953050Politician
Dominic Hannigan TDDomhannigan105853400Politician
Ruairi Quinn TDRuairiQuinnTD106723903Politician
Catherine Murphy TDCathMurphyTD107803388Politician
Emer Costello emercostello108763558Politician
Alan Farrell TDAlanFarrell109912949Politician
Roisin Shortall TDRoisinShortall110783398Politician
Karl Deeterkarldeeter111505278Commentator
Helen McEntee TDHMcEntee1121052513Politician
Senator Lorraine HigginsLorHiggins1131012579Politician
Olivia MitchellomitchellTD114972643Politician
Theresa Reidytheresareidy115942698Commentator
Damien English TDDamien_English116932624Politician
Tom Hayes TDTomhayestd117942414Politician
Paudie Coffey TDPaudieCoffey118892524Politician
Gary MurphyGaryMurphyDCU119882479Commentator
Gerald Nash TDgeraldnash120802723Politician
Andrew Doyle TDADoyleTD121852543Politician
Marian Harkin MEPMarianHarkin122494384Politician
Aengus O Snodaigh TDaosnodaigh123553873Politician
Joe McHugh TDJoe_McHugh_TD124902346Politician
Martin Heydon TDmartinheydonfg125892261Politician
Martina Anderson MEPMEPStandingUp4U126296932Politician
Michael Lowry TDmichael_lowry127633050Politician
Pat Breen TDPatBreen1128872185Politician
Frank Feighan TDFrankFeighan129942012Politician
Daniel McConnellMcConnellDaniel130942008Media
Noel Harrington TDnharrington2131892104Politician
David Stanton TDdavidstantontd1321041779Politician
Alan Shatter TDAlanShatterTD133732485Politician
Sarah BardonSarahBardon134901966Media
Derek Nolan TDdereknolanTD135742357Politician
John O'Mahony TDJohnOMahonyTD136752277Politician
Eoin O'MalleyAnMailleach137742284Commentator
Peadar Tóibín TDToibin1138622669Politician
Matt Carthy MEPmattcarthy139423890Politician
Michael McCarthy TDmmccarthyTD140831956Politician
Billy Timmins TDBilly_Timmins141812000Politician
Patrick NultyPatrickNulty142692340Politician
Patrick O'Donovan TDpodonovan143941711Politician
Willie O'Dea TDwillieodeaLIVE144493213Politician
Bernard Durkan TDBernardDurkanTD145911714Politician
amon Ó Cuív TDeamonocuiv146532922Politician
Senator John GilroyJohnGilroyTeam147732118Politician
Arthur Spring TDSpringAJ148801897Politician
Maureen OSullivan TDMaureenOSTD149672189Politician
Siobhán O' Donoghuesiobhwithafada150562607Commentator
Paul Murphy MEPpaulmurphysp151304861Politician
Thomas Pringle TDThomasPringleTD152562493Politician
Brendan Griffin TDBGriffinTD153811717Politician
Niall Collins TDNiallCollinsTD154542554Politician
The StoryThestoryie155522647Media
Jonathan O'Brien TDJOBrien_SF156542523Politician
Senator Catherine Noonesenatornoone157881521Politician
Dr Tom ClonanTomClonan158482730Commentator
Anthony Lawlor TDAnthonyLawlorFG159831558Politician
Lynn Boylan MEPLNBDublin160432991Politician
Noel Coonan TDNoelCoonanTD161801605Politician
John Perry TDjohnperrytd162651951Politician
Colin Coylecolincoyle163582107Media
Eric Byrne TDEricByrneTD164741637Politician
Robert ShorttRobertShortt165552112Media
Deirdre Clune MEPDeirdreCluneFG166711569Politician
Jimmy Deenihan TDJimmyDeenihanTD167561951Politician
Senator David Cullinanedavidcullinane168442416Politician
Robert Dowds TDrobert_dowdsTD169731449Politician
Irish AidIrish_Aid170234544Government
Reform Alliancereform_alliance171482144Politician
Brendan Ryan TDBrendanRyanTD172601693Politician
Senator Colm BurkeSenColmBurke173691454Politician
Aine Collins TDAineCollinsTD174731332Politician
Tommy Broughan TDTommyBroughanTD175611534Politician
Transparency IrelandTransparency_ie176412278Commentator
Kieran O'Donnell TDkodonnell2011177771148Politician
Dr. Liam Twomey TDLiamTwomey178751159Politician
Charlie McConalogue TDMcConalogue179491731Politician
Tom Barry TDTomBarryTD180731155Politician
Dan Neville TDDanNevilleTD181711186Politician
Senator Cáit Keanesencaitkeane182701190Politician
Sean Kyne TDSeanKyneTD183651255Politician
Cllr Maurice QuinlivanCllrQuinlivan184362259Politician
Senator Darragh O'BrienSenatorDOBrien185461764Politician
Village MagazineVillageMagIRE186392041Media
Derek Keating TDderekkeating187711099Politician
Irish Political MapsIrishPolMaps188551217Commentator
James Bannon TDJamesBannonTD189661013Politician
Joe O'Reilly TDjoeoreillytd19072924Politician
Kevin Rafterkevinrafter191561153Commentator
Jim HigginsJimHigginsFG192501151Politician
Ben TonraBentonra193391445Commentator
Willie Penrose TDWilliePenroseTD194471164Politician
Michelle Mulherin TDMulherinFG195471122Politician
Liadh Ní Riada MEPNiRiada4Europe196341471Politician
John Halligan TDJohnHalligan197341450Politician
Dinny McGinley TDDinnyMcG19854878Politician
Terence Flanagan TDTFlanaganTD19955807Politician
Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TDMarcellaCK20052720Politician