Monday, 11 November 2013

The Irish Times - The sky's the limit for Irish legal eagles on Twitter

The Irish Times ran an interesting article by Fiona Gartland in the Monday 11 November 2013 edition of the paper under the title The sky's the limit for legal eagles on Twitter here. Fiona featured the experiences of three legal tweeters. Here's what they said:

Fiona de Londras (@fdelond) is a professor of law at Durham University and is a founder member of group blog She said:
"And 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”."
Limerick solicitor Rossa McMahon writes on said:
"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."

Law professor at Trinity College Dublin Eoin O’Dell (@cearta) has written about law, education and policy on since 2006. He said:

"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."

Read the article from the Irish Times in full here. Read my blog post on Defero Law on the article here.

Social media savvy Irish Blawgers and tweeters

Prof Fiona de Londras, Durham Law School, @fdelond, blogs at

Eoin O’Dell, Trinity College Dublin law school, @cearta, blogs at

Rossa McMahon, Solicitor, @rossamcmahon, blogs at

Paul MacMahon, Harvard Law School, @extemporeblog , blogs on the Supreme Court of Ireland at

Darius Whelan, UCC Law Department, @dariuswirl , blogs at

TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in law, UCD, @tjmcintyre, blogs at

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

Flor McCarthy, Solicitor, @FlorMcCarthy, blogs at

Mark Tottenham, barrister, @staredechib, edits

Fergal Crehan, barrister, @fergal,

Simon McGarr, Solicitor, @Tupp_Ed, blogs at

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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