The Fine Gael Minister has over 90 thousand followers on TikTok.
A Fine Gael Minister is by far the most popular politician on TikTok, but Sinn Féin is the party with the most followers.
New research by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue found Simon Harris is the most followed Irish politician on the video sharing platform, followed by MEP Clare Daly and Independents Michael Healy Rae and Richard O’Donoghue.
@simon_harristd Good #monday #morning ! A message for all #students particularly #LeavingCert students today about options after school! Please spread the message! Thanks #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #foryourpage #education #tiktok ♬ original sound – Simon Harris
The Minister for Higher Education has a total of 91,000 followers on the social media site and says finding ways to communicate with young people is pivotal to politics.
Minister Harris says he is “using it as another tool to keep in touch with you, keep you up to date and share a few insights and views”.
Meanwhile the research shows that Sinn Féin is by far the most popular political party on the platform, racking up 92 thousand followers.
It is followed by People Before Profit and Fianna Fáil.
In total, 42 TDs have a TikTok account, with Fine Gael the most prolific party with 15 members on the platform, followed by Fianna Fáil with 14 and Sinn Féin with 11.
Three ministers have accounts on the app; Simon Harris, Green Party deputy leader and Arts Minister Catherine Martin, and Justice Minister Helen McEntee.