Ireland : Social Media Bosses and cosy links with government
1. Sinéad McSweeney (CEO Twitter Ireland)
Sinéad McSweeney is Managing Director of Twitter Ireland and vice president of Public Policy at Twitter for Europe Middle East and Africa .
She was a parliamentary adviser to Bertie Ahern, Michael McDowell and part of Fianna Fails election campaign in 1997 which saw Bertie Ahern being elected as Taoiseach for first time . Her husband Noel Whelan is a former election candidate for Fianna Fail and Irish Times columnist and in turn his father Seamus was a Fianna Fail councillor in Wexford.
Ronan Costello , is Public Policy Manager at Twitter and former Media and Communications Manager at the Union of Students in Ireland , an organisation which doesn't have a great history of "inclusive dialogue" in terms of representing the voices of conservative students in Ireland .
2. Niamh Sweeney (Head of Public Policy at Facebook Ireland)
Niamh Sweeney is Head of Public Policy at Facebook Ireland and was Special Adviser to the Labour Party's Eamon Gilmore for two years during his time as Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs .
In 2017 , Documents and Emails released to the Sunday Independent under the Freedom of Information Act , showed how the Facebook Boss invited Ministers to Facebook's Dublin Headquarters to boost their online profiles . Niamh Sweeney told advisers working for former EU Affairs and Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy that experts could go through his Facebook page and offer tips to enhance his profile and that the company previously brought ministers to their Dublin offices for tips and training on using the website... "We've done it with some of his ministerial colleagues," she wrote during an exchange with Conor Gouldsbury, who was then Mr Murphy's special adviser.
3. Ryan Meade (Public Policy Manager Google Ireland)
Ryan Meade is Public Policy Manager for Google Ireland and is a former Green Party Councillor in Dublin . He was Special Adviser to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government from June 2007 – January 2011 and Director of Elections for the Green Party of Ireland from February 2005 – June 2007 .
Below : Is the Cosy Cartel between Social Media Giants in Ireland and Government good for Democracy . Mark Zuckerberg (founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar .
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