#Lapgate and #Royalbaby among top trends for Irish tweeters

Twitter’s most talked about news stories in Ireland for 2013 includes Roma and Angelina Jolie

The announcement by Angelina Jolie that she had a preventative double mastectomy created much debate and is at number five in top trending international news tweets in Ireland.Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The announcement by Angelina Jolie that she had a preventative double mastectomy created much debate and is at number five in top trending international news tweets in Ireland.Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 18:11

The word ’Roma’ was the top trending Irish news topic on Twitter in Ireland this year, presumably after news broke of the removal of a 7-year-old Roma girl from her home by gardaí over concerns about parentage.

The story spread rapidly on Twitter and around the world, but DNA tests later saw an embarrassing u-turn and the child was returned to them.

Political debates were high in the list of trending news topics released by Twitter today.

Top Trending Tweets in Ireland:

One of 2013's top tweets

Twitter trending list shows the “hottest emerging topics of discussion”. It shows “what trended most frequently, rather than representing the volume of conversation about a topic or the most talked-about topics,” Twitter said in a press release.

Second on the list is #seanref, discussion on the referendum to abolish the Seanad , which was defeated . Third on the Irish news list is discussion on the Budget #budget2014.

Fourth topic on the news list is #oirsocm - discussion about an Oireachtas committee which was looking at social media and cyberbullying which included bringing representatives of Facebook and Twitter before TDs.

Twitter points out in its description of trends that they “ don’t give any indication of sentiment”. In the case of #oirsocm many tweets were about the TDs’ grasp of social media.

Another trending political topic which doesn’t necessarily imply approval was #lapgate at number six, a reference to the infamous incident during the all-night abortion debate in July when Cork East Fine Gael TD Tom Barry pulled fellow Cork deputy Aine Collins into his lap. The incident broke on social media when it was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public in the early hours.

In fifth place in trending news is “Seamus Heaney” after news broke of the death of the Nobel Laureate on the morning of August 30th, aged 74. Also making the list is #AngloTapes referring to the release of secret recordings from the bank.

At numbers eight in trending Irish news is Marie Fleming, the woman with multiple sclerosis who took a case to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the Act prohibiting assisted suicide. At number nine is Magdalene, as survivors of the laundries this year fought for compensation. And at 10 is Savita - referring to Savita Halappanavar whose death last year was the subject of much discussion during the abortion referendum this year.

When it comes to international news in Ireland, many major stories featured in the top ten including #Syria (one), music retailer HMV going into administration at three, Cyprus’s financial problems (at four), the Boston Marathon bombing (#prayforboston) at number 7 and the ongoing problems in Egypt (6).

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