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Taoiseach wants to do more webcasts with the public

The Taoiseach’s first foray into a webcast with small business owners got a good reaction on Friday – so now he’s looking at what to do next.

Enda Kenny at the #retailroundtable on Friday
Enda Kenny at the #retailroundtable on Friday
Image: @MerrionStreet via Twitter

FIRST UP, SMALL business – but what’s next?

Enda Kenny has said he’s looking at using the internet to engage with the public on some of the big issues of the day after his first foray into a webcast got a positive reaction.

“Yes, it is intended to increase direct online communication with the public,” a spokesperson for the Government said. “Increasingly that’s where people are.”

The move could open the door to the Taoiseach doing another roundtable webcasts about big issues, Twitter Q&As, a Reddit Ask Me Anything, or something similar (although maybe don’t hold your breath for An Taoiseach on Snapchat…).

The Taoiseach sat down with ten Irish companies on Friday in a live webcast about how to use the internet to get their goods and services before a big audience. There was a positive reaction to the webcast on Twitter, with many small business owners chiming in with their own experiences and reactions.

A government spokesperson said it made sense for the Taoiseach to start getting involved on the internet.

“It’s where [people] engage with each other and consume news and information, so it makes sense  for the Government and the Taoiseach to be there too,” the spokesperson said.

It’s our intention to listen, explain our actions and engage with citizens online.

What would you like to see the Taoiseach do a webcast on with members of the public? Unemployment? Healthcare? Social welfare? Over to you in the comments…

Read: Enda Kenny to take part in his first webcasted roundtable discussion >

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