Election blog attracts big audience

The voters of South Tipperary, and those further afield with an interest in political happenings in Tipp, were able to keep up to date with every step of the electoral events in Clonmel during last Saturday’s count - thanks to a live, minute-by-minute blog on www.nationalist.ie

The voters of South Tipperary, and those further afield with an interest in political happenings in Tipp, were able to keep up to date with every step of the electoral events in Clonmel during last Saturday’s count - thanks to a live, minute-by-minute blog on www.nationalist.ie

The blog kicked off as the ballot boxes were opened on Saturday morning, at the Dr Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex in Clonmel, and updates every few minutes kept readers on the edge of their seats until the last seat was filled on Saturday evening.

Throughout the morning the blog shared the changing tally figures as each box was opened, and the emerging picture of how South Tipp voted. In the afternoon readers of the blog were first to know when each count was announced, and as the day wore on we were instantly able to tell our readers what the candidates were thinking, who had been eliminated, and, most importantly, elected.

Another aspect of the blog was instant interaction with you, the readers. Comments came in to the blog, and were published for other readers to react, agree and disagree, and it allowed an interesting debate to develop.

The numbers following the minute-by-minute blog increased throughout the day, reaching its peak on Saturday evening as the final count declared the last seat filled.

If you missed the blog on the day, or just want to see again how events unfolded on Saturday, you can read the saved blog on: http://www.nationalist.ie/news/general-election-2011/general-election-live