THE battle for a seat in the nail-biting five seater that is the Mayo constituency reached new levels of publicity this week with one of the candidates deciding to go ‘live’ by launching his campaign on the world wide web.
Cllr Frank Chambers has utilised the hugely successful ‘You Tube’ website to talk directly to prospective voters from his kitchen in Newport – and there are also messages of support from MEP Sean Ó Neachtain and Castlebar Town Councillor Blackie Gavin.
Cllr Chambers told The Mayo News that he had decided to use You Tube and another popular site, Bebo, as he knows these web addresses are accessed by thousands of young people in Co Mayo.
“These are very popular sites with students and young people and I want to get my message out to them,” he said.
“Their vote is crucial and I want to get it. We must communicate with young people in their own language and that is the reason for using the two sites. I hope my message gets to them.”
Cllr Chambers added that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had launched their US presidential campaigns on ‘You Tube’, so he decided that he could so the same.
“I am the oldest candidate in the field but keeping in touch with the youth of Co Mayo is of vital importance,” stated the Newport-based candidate.
On direct links to Cllr Chambers’ message, Sean Ó Neachtain offers his support ‘as Gaeilge’ while former Castlebar Town Mayor, Blackie Gavin, states he is backing Frank Chambers because ‘he is the most experienced Fianna Fáil politician in Co Mayo’.