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Labour's latest social media campaign isn't going well

Joan Burton launched #talktojoan today.

Source: oconnellhugh/Vine

JOAN BURTON HAS announced a series of forums for Labour members across the country to discuss policy ideas ahead of the next general election.

A social media campaign – #talktojoan – has also been launched with the Tánaiste encouraging all people to communicate the ideas and topics that are important to them.

However, Burton said she was concentrating on people with positive ideas.

Speaking to the media at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, she said: “We have, and I think most parties in Ireland experience, the so-called keyboard warriors and I think we’re all used to reading an amount of that comment.

I’m really concentrating on people with positive ideas.

The #talktojoan hashtag has already generated some chat on Twitter in the last 24 hours and quite a lot of it has been negative:

Burton said the forums would help Labour to develop policy ahead of the next general election, which she said is due “sometime between now and early April”.

Asked if she would prefer an election before the end of the year, Burton said there is “a lot of merit” in the government going the full term.

She said the forums would focus on issues that are most important to families as well as job creation, housing, childcare, health and education.

The first forum, which is only open to Labour members, takes place in Dublin tomorrow with others planned for Cork, Limerick and Galway in the coming six weeks.

Details of the online campaign, which will include a Twitter chat with Burton, are to follow.

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