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CandidateWatch.ie - Ask Potential TDs Policy Questions Directly
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February 12th 2011
by Damien Hughes - Fairocracy.com Editor

A useful website has been launched over the past few weeks to allow Irish voters to ask the 2011 Irish General Election candidates questions, directly, on how they stand on particular policy issues. On CandidateWatch.ie you can question the stance of candidates from every party, and independents too, and this website will then post the questions online. Candidates generally answer directly - although one recent question to Enda Kenny was answered by his campaign team instead.

This is an excellent way to ask a specific question, if you have concerns over a particular issue, and it will hopefully provide only important dialogue, because all questions are moderated before they are added online. When a question is deemed unfit for posting online, the questions itself, and the reasons for not posting, are sent to the person who has posted it, and to the candidate. All questions and answers will remain online after the election takes place, and in this sense the website promotes transparency, because when politicians give a particular stance for a particular issue, we will be able to access their answer when parliament votes take place on those issues in the future.

Go to CandidateWatch.ie and ask a candidate a question>

ABOUT CANDIDATE.IE
The website is run by German non-profit organisation Parlamentwatch e.V. (who run a similar and highly successful website in Germany) with the support of Ashoka Ireland. The Irish Times is listed as a media partner, and the website appears to derive income from PayPal donations - there are no adverts present - along with a grant. It states that "the project is financed through a grant of The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust". CandidateWatch.ie has operated here in Ireland previously, during the 2009 EU Parliament Elections.

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