4. How do you ensure an objective and fair dialogue on CandidateWatch.ie?
All questions and answers are read by a team of moderators and checked to ensure that they
comply with our moderation Code of Conduct. This process ensures, for example, that questions
which are abusive or intrusive, or e-mails with de-humanising content, are not published on candidatewatch.
ie. In the case of messages which have not been cleared („moderated“), both the
questioner and the candidate are informed of the reason for the message not being cleared. The
process is thus completely transparent. You will see a link to the moderation Code of Conduct on
each profile page below the question input field.
5. Who is behind CandidateWatch.ie?
candidatewatch.ie is a collaborative partnership between the German non-profit organisation Parlamentwatch
e.V. and TASC, the Irish think-tank for action on social change. Parlamentwatch e.V.
is non-partisan and institutionally independent. It is mainly financed through sponsorships and
donations from private individuals. The project is implemented by a not-for-profit company, Parlamentwatch
GmbH. Parlamentwatch GmbH is obliged to donate any profits to charitable projects.
Further information about candidatewatch.ie can be found by clicking on “About us” in the lefthand
6. How is CandidateWatch.ie financed?
The dialogue with voters is offered free of charge to candidates. In addition to the basic information
provided, candidates can book a profile upgrade. This is offered in return for a once-off
contribution of 100 Euro, and offers candidates the option of including a photo, a CV, a summary
of their political objectives and a campaign calendar in their profiles. A profile upgrade is merely
an additional option. The inclusion of basic profile information, such as name, party, constituency,
professional qualification and occupation, as well as the dialogue with voters, is naturally offered
free of charge.