Gerry Adams was the most-searched-for party leader on Google during last night’s final election debate according to the search engine while Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the most-talked-about leader on Facebook.

The Sinn Féin leader accounted for a third of the searches carried out about the four leaders taking part in the event, followed by Joan Burton, Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny.

Among the top questions asked about Gerry Adams on Google during the RTÉ debate were “What did Gerry Adams say about Micheál Martin on Prime Time?”, “What operation did Gerry Adams have in the USA?” and “What badge is Gerry Adams wearing on Prime Time?”.

Looking at the wider election campaign, Google users were also busy asking more General Election-related questions during last night’s event.

These included “Who should teachers vote for?”, “When will the results of the Irish General Election be announced?” and “What is Sinn Féin’s new tax rate for those earning over 100,000?”

A number of variants of the question “Who should I vote for?” made it into the top ten most-asked questions.od.

Google users also turned to the search engine for answers around the debate itself, posing questions like “Who is winning the RTÉ debate?” and “What is the creaking noise on the RTÉ debate?”.

The most-searched-for issues during the debate were around jobs, tax, mental health, crime and education.

Google does not release the number of searches that make up the data.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was the most talked about leader on Facebook during last night's debate.

According to data released by the social network, Joan Burton was the next most-mentioned leader on the platform during the event followed by Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin.

Sinn Féin was the most discussed party on Facebook during the hour and a half long head to head, followed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour.

Inside Dublin, health was the topic gaining the most traction, followed by the economy, housing, crime and social welfare.

Outside Dublin, however, the order of the most talked about issues was different, with the economy dominating, followed by health, crime, housing and then social welfare.

Women tended to talk most about the economy, with men discussing health.

Among 18-24 year olds the conversation was dominated by health, where as in those aged over 25 it was the economy which drove the largest number of discussions around the debate.

Joan Burton was the most mentioned leader among 18-24 year old users of the social network.

Those aged over 25, however, talked most about Enda Kenny.
Facebook has been monitoring discussion around the General Election since November. 

It analyses users comments, posts and likes around general election related topics, candidates, parties and hashtags.

Between 1 November and 22 February, there were 5.3 million interactions on the social network around the election topic, involving 850,000 of its 2.5 million users here.

The top mentioned issues have been the economy, health and infrastructure, while Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and Gerry Adams have been the most discussed leaders.

Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Labour were the top three most-talked-about parties during the period.