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One political party is absolutely trouncing the rest in the social media battle

Here are the top 11 parties by Facebook following.

15/01/2016. Sinn Fein Dublin Central Election Laun Sinn Féin's Facebook game is strong. Source: Sam Boal

SINN FÉIN HAS more followers on Facebook than all of the other main political parties put together.

A look at the ‘likes’ of the various political parties shows that Sinn Féin has by far and away the greatest reach in sharing its message to followers on Facebook.

As of 19 January, the party had 76,936 followers on Facebook, way ahead of Fine Gael which was the second most popular with 13,666 followers.

Party leader Gerry Adams TD also has more Facebook likes than any other leader with 22,028 followers. 

Though not technically a party leader, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy TD is second to Adams in the list with 21,556 followers. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in third.

The most followed parties on Facebook

Sinn Féin - 76,946 likes

PastedImage-93815 Source: Facebook/Sinn Féin

Fine Gael – 13,666 likes

PastedImage-96241 Source: Facebook/Fine Gael

Labour – 12,248 likes

PastedImage-33868 Source: Facebook/Labour

Fianna Fáil – 11,391 likes

PastedImage-69647 Source: Facebook/Fianna Fáil

Anti-Austerity Alliance – 10,848 likes

PastedImage-82621 Source: Facebook/AntiAusterityAlliance

People Before Profit Alliance – 9,971 likes 

PastedImage-64302 Source: Facebook/PeopleBeforeProfit

Direct Democracy Ireland - 9,615 likes

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PastedImage-18437 Source: Facebook/DirectDemocracyIreland

Green Party – 3,521 likes

PastedImage-31958 Source: Facebook/GreenParty

Social Democrats – 2,656 likes

PastedImage-14671 Source: Facebook/SocialDemocrats

Renua - 2,429 likes

PastedImage-58827 Source: RenuaIreland/Facebook

Independent Alliance – 1,380 

PastedImage-97018 Source: Facebook/IndependentAlliance

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