The Irish Times ran an interesting article by Fiona Gartland (@FionaGartland) in the Monday 11 November 2013 edition of the paper, under the title The sky's the limit for legal eagles on Twitter. An insight into the Twitter and blogging habits of the Irish legal community. We know how things are in the United States through the likes of people like Kevin O'Keefe (@kevinokeefe), in Scotland thanks to people like Brian Inkster (@BrianInkster), in England via the Twitter activity of people like Adam Wagner (@AdamWagner1) and John Cooper QC (@John_Cooper_QC) - but how are things in Ireland north and south?
Speaking from a Northern Ireland perspective I can say that efforts to date have been modest, however there is a growing realization among individual lawyers and barristers and among law firms, big and small, that they need to colonise and articulate a voice in the new and emerging digital world. Barrister Mark McEvoy @markmcevoy, solicitor Mark Jackson (@jackson_m_a) and media soliticor Olivia O'Kane (@OliviaOkane1) (my Zero-140 interview on Elephant Creative with Olivia here) are very active on the Northern Ireland Twitter/social media scene. However, the lay of the land in the Republic of Ireland is a little more misty for me. I have encountered a few Irish solicitors, barristers, academics and law firms online, but there have been no Brian Inkster types who have truly taken hold of and driven the conversation to the British Isles or at an international level.
Perhaps this article in the Irish Times could be the opening of the door and the moment of change? The content of the article looked at three leading legal tweeters, two academics and a solicitor. Here's what the individuals had to say.
"It’s a way I can still contribute to debates in Ireland as well as in the UK, even though I am now institutionally located in the UK. I can engage with a Minister, or a TD or a Senator so easily through twitter and connect them into my research in a way that was previously almost impossible for academics to do,” she says. But she adds “you have to be quite good in figuring out how to boil a message down”."
"I used to work in Dublin in a big firm where I had a lot of colleagues and now I’m in a much smaller situation and I find it quite a good way of keeping in touch with other people. Sometimes you know someone through it and then privately bounce ideas off them or see what they think about particular things."
Rossa McMahon commented on the business development potential of social media, saying: "From a marketing point of view, I couldn’t necessarily say that I gain anything specific, although I have gotten bits and pieces of work out of it."
"I consider that it is a very important part of my academic work to make my research and arguments available and to engage in discussion and debate online is just another means of disseminating research and engaging in discussion."
Eoin O'Dell explained that his blog posts tend to be “considered discussions” of 500 or 600 words in length. He also explained that his Twitter account is used to share interesting items with his 2,200 plus followers and to respond to comments. He also said: "I think it’s a good thing and I think it is increasing the direction in which we are going."
Irish Times article in full here.
A list of social media savvy Irish Blawgers and tweeters:
Prof Fiona de Londras, Durham Law School, @fdelond, blogs at humanrights.ie
Eoin O’Dell, Trinity College Dublin law school, @cearta, blogs at cearta.ie
Rossa McMahon, Solicitor, @rossamcmahon, blogs at clatterofthelaw.wordpress.com
Paul MacMahon, Harvard Law School, @extemporeblog , blogs on the Supreme Court of Ireland at extempore.ie
Darius Whelan, UCC Law Department, @dariuswirl , blogs at Irishlawblog.blogspot.com
TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in law, UCD, @tjmcintyre, blogs at tjmcintyre.com
Daithi MacSithigh, Lecturer in Digital Media Law, University of Edinburgh, @macsithigh, blogs at Lexferenda. com
Mary Rogan, Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Dublin Institute of Technology, @maryrogan, blogs at maryrogan.wordpress.com
Flor McCarthy, Solicitor, @FlorMcCarthy, blogs at mccarthy.ie/blog
Mark Tottenham, barrister, @staredechib, edits staredecisishibernia.com
Fergal Crehan, barrister, @fergal, fergalcrehan.com
Simon McGarr, Solicitor, @Tupp_Ed, blogs at http://www.tuppenceworth.ie/blog
Colm O’Dwyer, barrister @colmfod
Fergus Ryan, Lecturer in Law, DIT @ferguswryan
Mairead Enright, Lecturer, Kent Law School @maireeadenright and @pubprivlaw
Donnacha O’Connell, Professor of Law, NUIG, @donnchanuig
Rory O’Connell, Professor of Law, University of Ulster, @rjoconnell
Claire Murray, Lecturer in Law, UCC, @drclaire_m
John O’Dowd, Lecturer in Law, UCD, @odowdt
Eoin Daly, Lecturer in Law, UCD, @eoinmauricedaly
Conor O’Mahony, Lecturer in Law, UCC, @ConorUCCLaw
Ronan Lupton, barrister, @ronanlupton
Colin Scott, Dean of Law, UCD, @ColizScott
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