Tweeting the Northern Ireland people

I have been motivated by a recent article in The Economist, “Politicians on Twitter: Tweeting the people”, to encourage this craze among our Northern Ireland politicians. Belfast Gonzo (on Slugger O’Toole) has commented on the relative paucity of our local take up, but I’m determined to improve this situation.

Just as consultants Bearing Point provides a list of individual government agencies and politicians in the USA that have Twitter accounts, we at the Northern Ireland Foundation will provide one. As a public resource, I’ll feature the list on this blog, as well as placing it on our main website.

This Northern Ireland list will include any elected representative to Councils, the Assembly, Westminster, or the European Parliament, as well as formal government agencies. Unelected political junkies need not apply!

I’d be grateful for your additions and corrections; simply reply to this blog posting. Thank you for your help with this!

Name (Website/Blog) Office/Constituency Twitter Name
Alliance Party Alliance Party allianceparty
Allister, Jim (Independent) MEP Northern Ireland jimallister
Armstrong, Billy (UUP) MLA Mid Ulster unionistbilly
DUP DUP duponline
Green Party NI Green Party NI greenpartyni
Hamilton, Simon (DUP) MLA Strangford simonhamilton
Maginness, Alban (SDLP) MLA Belfast North maginness1
McDermott, Matthew (SDLP) Councillor Lisburn mattmcdermott12
McIlveen, Michelle (DUP) MLA Strangford mmcilveenmla
McKay, Daithi (Sinn Fein) MLA Antrim North daithimckay
Nicholson, Jim (UUP) MEP Northern Ireland jimnicholsonmep
Northern Ireland Assembly Northern Ireland Assembly niassembly
Parsley, Ian James (Conservative) Councillor North Down ianjamesparsley
Purvis, Dawn (PUP) MLA Belfast East dawnpurvis
SDLP SDLP sdlplive
SDLP Youth SDLP Youth sdlpyouth
Sinn Fein Sinn Fein sinnfeinireland
UUP UUP uuponline

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