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Column inches devoted to party leaders (top) and leading independents (above)

Researchers from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics have been tracking media coverage of candidates as part of their Insight4Elections data analysis project.

The researchers have monitored RTÉ, Irish Times, Independent, Irish Examiner, The Journal, Broadsheet, BBC and Reuters since campaigning started.

Gráinne Faller writes:

Unsurprisingly, Enda Kenny tops the pile with 150 articles to date across the tracked outlets. Gerry Adams notched up 115. Micheál Martin was in third place with 112, while Joan Burton is next with 109.

The gulf in coverage is perhaps unsurprising but will strengthen the argument of the smaller party leaders that they are not getting equal access to the electorate when it comes to the main media channels.

Lucinda Creighton and Stephen Donnelly clocked 36 and 34 articles respectively.

Among independent candidates Michael Healy Rae tops the pile with 19 mentions, followed by Shane Ross TD and Tipperary’s Michael Lowry.

Insight4Elections is a publicly available web tool where users can crumnch the numbers for themselves. Click here

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