Dr Rory Costello, UL lecturer
THE Limerick Leader has teamed up with an online application to compare general election candidates’ positions on issues.
Whichcandidate.ie, developed by University of Limerick politics lecturer Dr Rory Costello, is now available to readers online at www.limerickleader.ie.
The online tool, which is designed to help voters make an informed decision, was first run for the local elections in 2014 and is part of an Irish Research Council funded project examining political representation in Ireland.
“Election campaigning is moving online, and we want to provide voters with objective and reliable information to help them cut through the blizzard of material coming from candidates and parties,” explained Dr Costello.
“WhichCandidate.ie is a ‘one-stop shop’ where voters can learn about the issues and the candidates. You can compare all the candidates in your constituency, see what they stand for and find out who is the best match for you,” he added.
All political parties and candidates were asked a set of 22 questions on key election issues. Visitors to the website can take the same survey to compare their own views with those running in the Limerick constituencies.
The service will remain online until polling day on February 26.