Cooper stays top of Twit­ter list as ‘Ir­ish Times’ dom­i­nates

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS PROPERTY - CHAR­LIE TAY­LOR

Matt Cooper re­mains the most in­flu­en­tial Ir­ish jour­nal­ist on Twit­ter while The Ir­ish Times has the high­est num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives in an in­dex compiled by pub­lic re­la­tions firm Mur­ray.

The lat­est rank­ings see the Last Word pre­sen­ter re­tain his num­ber one spot af­ter oust­ing Des Cahill last year. He is also named the lead­ing broad­cast jour­nal­ist on the so­cial me­dia plat­form.

TV3 po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent Ga­van Reilly is in sec­ond place over­all on Mur­ray’s list, while Sun­day World sports jour­nal­ist Kevin Palmer comes in third. New­stalk pre­sen­ter Pat Kenny and RTÉ’s Philip Boucher-Hayes came in fourth and fifth.

The top 10 is rounded out by RTÉ Six One pre­sen­ter Caitríona Perry, The Ir­ish Times writer, edi­tor and pod­caster Róisín In­gle, Keith Ma­hon, founder of The Taste, econ­o­mist and The Ir­ish Times colum­nist David McWil­liams and another Ir­ish Times colum­nist, Una Mul­lally.

There were 29 new en­trants in this year’s top 100 list with Dar­ren McCaf­frey, who was ap­pointed Dublin cor­re­spon­dent at Sky last June, the high­est new en­try.

He was placed in 12th spot over­all and is also the high­est ranked news jour­nal­ist.

Cat­e­gory win­ners

Other cat­e­gory win­ners in­cluded David McWil­liams of The Ir­ish Times (colum­nist), Ga­van Reilly (pol­i­tics), Conor Pope of The Ir­ish Times (con­sumer/ per­sonal fi­nance), Dearb­hail McDon­ald of the In­de­pen­dent (busi­ness), Ken Sweeney of the Sun (en­ter­tain­ment), RTÉ’s Fer­gal Bow­ers (health), Ber­nice Har­ri­son of The Ir­ish Times (prop­erty), Frank FitzGer­ald of the Times Ire­land edi­tion (ed­i­to­rial), Adrian Weck­ler of the In­de­pen­dent (tech­nol­ogy) and Michael O’Toole of the Ir­ish Daily Star (crime).

In its fourth year of pub­li­ca­tion, more than 720 jour­nal­ists were ranked across six pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing pop­u­lar­ity, qual­ity of en­gage­ment and level of ac­tiv­ity.

Over­all, the 100 most in­flu­en­tial Ir­ish jour­nal­ists on the plat­form have close to three mil­lion fol­low­ers be­tween them, a rise of 16 per cent year-on-year.

The Ir­ish Times has the high­est num­ber of in­flu­en­tial jour­nal­ists by out­let at 18, fol­lowed by RTÉ with 15, In­de­pen­dent News & Me­dia with 14 (17 if you in­clude the Ir­ish Daily Star and Sun­day World), the Sun­day Busi­ness Post with nine, New­stalk with five, the Sun­day Times/Times with four and the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner and TV3 with three.

David McWil­liams re­tained the po­si­tion of hav­ing the most fol­low­ers on Twit­ter, adding over 35,000 since last year.

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