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# my social media life
Martin Heydon's life online: "You need a tough skin as a politician on social media'
Well-known Irish names tell us about their life on the internet.

TWITTER. FACEBOOK. INSTAGRAM. You’re bound to have your favourite social media site (unless you’re the type who eschews living online entirely).

And, of course, Irish celebs and well-known names have their favourite sites too. Some of them are even known for being a dab hand at the old tweet machine. So we put some questions to them about what they’ve learned from being on social media this year.

Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD and Kildare man

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What’s your favourite social media site?


What page/site do you check every day?

Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.

If you could only follow/like one person on your favourite site, who would you choose?

James Patrice on Snapchat.

What have you learned about people through social media?

People can say things on social media that they wouldn’t say to you in person.

What have you learned about yourself?

That you need a tough skin as a politician on social media.

What’s your favourite post of yours?

A family photo when our second son Padraic was born in Jan 16.

What’s your favourite post of someone else’s?

When people shared my Back to the Future election video earlier this year!

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Have you ever shared something on social media and regretted it?

No, I tend to write my own posts more than sharing others.

What are you most likely to tweet about/share on Facebook/Instagram?

Facebook is a mixture of my work and personal life. I try to use social media to show people what I do and who I am.

How would you sum up your persona on social media in one word?


Catch up with the rest of our My Social Media Life questionnaires here.

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