Colin Murphy: Sinn Féin‘s voter database likely to be a template for the other parties

Irish politics now has a choice to either follow Sinn Féin’s ever-more sophisticated profiling of voters, or return to traditional reliance on local intelligence

25th April, 2021
Colin Murphy: Sinn Féin‘s voter database likely to be a template for the other parties
Mary Lou McDonald: the Sinn Féin leader claimed the party was using the electoral register to compile its database

There are 2.8 million Irish drivers’ licences. Facebook has 2.9 million users in Ireland. There are 3.1 million employees in Revenue's PAYE system. There are 3.5 million people on the electoral register.

This is misleading, though, as the electoral register is not one database. Those 3.5 million voters are spread across 31 registers of electors, one kept by each local authority.

There appears to be just one centralised and amalgamated copy of these electoral registers – the one that is...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!


What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Related Stories

Analysis: Zappone row illuminates uncompetitive nature of diplomatic appointments

Politics Daniel Murray 2 days ago

Elaine Byrne: A man of ‘courage and consequence’ who lifted the lid on corruption in Irish politics

Politics Elaine Byrne 5 days ago

Varadkar accuses Doherty of workplace bullying and posturing for social media

Sipo wants two-year jail term for breaches of ban on lobbying after leaving public office