Ireland President Michael Higgins To Rely On Facebook, Google To Stay In Touch With Youth

By David Cohen 

Facebook got off to somewhat of a rocky start in Ireland, with its privacy issues running afoul of the country’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, but the social network has been in better standing with the government there of late, being used by the Ireland Referendum Commission to register voters earlier this year, and being called out by President Michael Higgins in a speech earlier this week.

The Sociable reported that Higgins mentioned Facebook and Google while speaking at a garden party earlier this week at his official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, saying that the two companies are key channels that he will use to connect with Irish youth. Higgins said:

(It’s about) the word “transformation” being put into effect in every aspect of life … to release new kinds of thinking. Many of our young people, as I have said, have already gone abroad. I intend to stay in touch with them in this presidency, and I think that is why we’re talking to Facebook and Google, who are represented here, in being part of (this) inclusive piece of work.

I’m renewing my invitation to take the opportunity of shaping this country’s future … We need young people to provide their vision with us and help us build a real republic that provides opportunities, hope, and respect.