Facebook to remind every Irish user to 'Check the Register'

Some 2.5 million people use Facebook in Ireland every month

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Social media giant Facebook is launching an Irish voter registration reminder campaign.

People on Facebook in the Republic of the Ireland over the age of 18 will see a notification in their newsfeed from Wednesday, encouraging them to check the register.

Facebook says it hopes the reminder will increase the number of people registering to vote ahead of the upcoming general election.

Some 2.5 million people use Facebook in Ireland every month - and more than the 2.2 million voted in the 2011 general election, which was 70% of eligible voters.

Elizabeth Linder, Facebook's politics and government specialist for EMEA, said: "With 2.5 million people in Ireland using Facebook - more than the number of people who voted in the last Irish general election - it is a natural place for politicians to have conversations with voters".

"Over the past few months people have been taking to Facebook to share their views on who should govern the country for the next five years. There have already been more than 1.5 million interactions related to the Irish election on the platform since November 1st".

"Last year elections were the most discussed topic on Facebook globally - and we anticipate similarly high volumes of discussion ahead of the Irish general election this year", she added.

And how do Irish political groups use Facebook?:

  • Sinn Féin: 76,936 followers
  • Fine Gael: 13,666 followers
  • Labour Party: 12,248 followers
  • Fianna Fáil: 11,391 followers
  • Anti Austerity Alliance: 10,848 followers
  • People Before Profit Alliance: 9,971 followers
  • Green Party: 3,521 followers
  • Social Democrats: 2,656 followers
  • Renua: 2,429 followers
  • Independent Alliance: 1,380 followers
  • Enda Kenny TD: 16,467 followers
  • Joan Burton TD: 2,763 followers
  • Michéal Martin TD: 9,719 followers
  • Gerry Adams TD: 22,028 followers
  • Lucinda Creighton TD: 4,528 followers
  • Shane Ross TD: 656 followers
  • Paul Murphy TD: 21,556 followers
  • Catherine Murphy: TD 10,109 followers
  • Richard Boyd Barrett: TD 3,311 followers
  • Eamon Ryan: 1,436 followers
(Source: Facebook/Figures as of January 19th 2016)