Jerry Buttimer (FG) 8% (8.77%)
- 5 Candidates for Cork South Central FG Convention (stephenspillane.com)
So today I took part in the European Movement Ireland poll canvass in Cork on the European Citizens Initiative. A canvass also took place in Galway and Dublin. We got a great reaction from the people in Cork and I heard the same from Galway and Dublin. We were out in our T-shirts handing out lollipops and pens and postcards with the poll on it. (The front of the postcards are the images in this post). Expect to see more European Movement events like this in the future!
The results of the three polls will be added together. But, it doesn’t end there! You too can take part. You just need to fill in this survey. Its five questions and really short! Thank you!
For more information on the European Movement Ireland, check out their website!
Two recent events should be highlighted to any politician thinking of using twitter to further their electoral prospects. These two stories do serve as maybe a warning, before the commit.
Case 1: Dale v McCarthy.
This case surrounds allegations made by the Hon. Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, about the political magazine Total Politics, which is run by tory supporting blogger Iain Dale. I shall leave it to each of them to tell their story.
As you can see, politicians have to be careful with what they say and do online! Is one over reacting? Or are both responses justified? You be the jury.
Case 2: Limburg v Schüneman
This case from the Lower Saxon State Parliament. After a debate on Aslyum Seekers, Green MP Helge Limburg called Lower Saxony’s state Interior Minister Uwe Schünemann (CDU) an “insufferable agitator” who was “shamelessly on the right-wing fringe.” (Full Story)
This when it came to light in the Lower Saxon Parliament caused uproar and discussions over the budget had to be postponed.
Is that what twitter should be used for?
So its over to you, after these anticas would you recommend that politicans use twitter?
Yesterday I blogged about how I was a climate change Agnostic and I asked on my facebook status whether people were Climate Change Belivers, Agnostic or Skeptics and I got a few interesting responses so I decided to to widen the audience of question and ask people who read the blog so what are you?
Feel free to explain your vote in the comments!
I’ve added a poll on the sidebar of the blog (under the social networking profiles). Please if you are reading anything to do with the Treaty of Lisbon please vote!
i just got an email about this, the Irish Times has a head to head on Gay Adoption on their website today. Head over and voice your opinion! I’ll post up my comment once it appears
Catherine Egan-Morley argues yes, she lives in Co Cork and is executive director of the independent social policy consultancy agency Clarity: Research, Development and Training.
Tom O’Gorman argues no, he is a researcher at the Iona Institute.
I was torn on this issue till lately, so wait for my comment!
**UPDATE** My comment!
As a young gay man, I look forward to a time, when my circumstances allow me to settle down and raise children. I don’t see the difference between me and my sister. She can adopt as a straight women, and I can adopt leagally in Ireland as a single gay man, but if I’m in a relationship I’m not allowed. This is a very starnge analomy in Irish law. This needs to be earsed and all people regardless of sexuality, if they are capable of giving a child a loving home, as that what is important should be allowed to adopt, single, gay, straight, bisexual, whatever!
My mothers comment!! I love my mum!!!
There are many ‘straight’ people who do not make good parents. Everyone should be elegible to adopt a child – sexual orientation should not come into the equation.