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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “faxyourTD”

"I will create a version of the UK's excellent for Ireland but only if 15 other people with some programming skills and/or a presuasive telephone manner will help me get it done."

— John Handelaar

Deadline to sign up by: 1st February 2006
21 people signed up (6 over target)

Country: Ireland

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I'm specifically looking for help in my current efforts to secure what's known as the "Index to the Electoral Register", which lists all streets and townlands in a given area, and maps them against Local Electoral Areas (the building blocks from which council wards and constituencies are made).

They need to be sourced from each of the 26 county councils as well as the borough corporations which exist in cities like Dublin and Cork. I'm finding it rather slow work.

After that we'll need to get calling around the Dáil to figure out the best method of mailing each representative, and after that we can start thinking about councillors.

Mysociety has already provided us with a significant amount of the tools we need - we simply need to get ourselves organised.

I'm finding that one of me really isn't enough to get this done. Wanna help? Sign up!

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  • I'd be happy to help, once I get back to Ireland (in a few weeks). I've been planning just that for a while now!
  • I can do some of the phoning bit...
    Suzy Byrne, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I do not have programming skills but I am very persuasive on the phone. I will also have a few weeks off work after Friday so will have plenty of time.
    Chris McCormick, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I have also thought about getting something like this in the past, I'm glad somebody's finally doing it. I now work in the Dáil so I'm not going to sign up to the pledge in case there's a conflict of interest, but please keep me informed and I will see how I can help.

    For example, I have an electronic copy of the electoral register for part of Dublin, but I don't think I'm allowed to share it.
    Ryan Meade, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'd be happy to help out with the programming side of things. Phoning up people, OTOH, is not something you want me doing. I'm pretty crap there.
  • You're certainly not allowed to share it, Ryan - Data Protection Act and the Electoral Acts!
    Keith Martin, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Well, I know I'm not allowed to share the register itself, but it would be relatively simple to extract the index of streets, which is what's required. I'm not sure if even this would be kosher with the abovementioned acts, however.
    Ryan Meade, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Please could someone tell me whether the Irish version has been created yet? Thank you!
    Lou, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Lou, the project's not finished but you can see where we are at

    The prototype website is at and can currently identify who your elected reps *are* if you live in Dublin City, Leitrim, Mayo or anywhere in Co Galway.

    We're adding more data as we're able to process it; it's proving to be rather a slow process but la lutte continue...
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

John Handelaar, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • James Corbett
  • Michael Collins
  • Adam Beecher
  • Liam Burke
  • Rita Wild
  • Antoin O Lachtnain
  • Dermot Canniffe
  • Emmet Connolly
  • Colman Reilly
  • Colm MacCarthaigh
  • Chris McCormick
  • David O'Neill
  • Damien Mulley
  • John King
  • Conor Patten
  • Keith Gaughan
  • 5 people who did not want to give their names

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