Checking constituencies, one by one. Some questions emerging. Very important ones.
Why are Sinn Fein running two candidates in Carlow-Kilkenny? Won’t that ruin their chances?
Four non-TD candidates in Cavan-Monaghan Fine Gael? Seriously?
Why aren’t Sinn Fein contesting Clare? Have Labour written the County off?
Can Fine Gael nab a second seat with one of two fairly untested Councillors in Cork East?
Is Cork North Central going to see the worst collapse in the Fianna Fail vote?
Can Martin Coughlan hold off the ULA in Cork North West?
Can Michael Martin in Cork South Central bring Michael McGrath in with him?
Why isn’t the fact that the Green Party picked a candidate, Jennifer Sleeman in Cork South West, who wasn’t an Irish citizen, bigger news? Can Labour squeeze into the top three there?
Can Jimmy Harte’s jump on the Labour bandwagon get him a seat in Donegal North East?
Will the dropping of Barry O’ Neill by FG in Donegal South-West be enough to beat out O’ Domhnaill (FF) and Pringle (Ind)?
Whose going to take the last two seats in what can only be described as the Dublin Central clusterf**k?
Can the hard-left candidates make any impression in Dublin Mid-West?
Can Sargent hold on for the Greens in Dublin North?
Is the Haughey Dynasty done in Dublin North Central or can Sean turn the tide?
Whose going to win the race for the last seat in Dublin North East, Flanagan (FG) or O’ Toole (SF)?
Has Fianna Fail already written off Dublin North West or will they make a fight of it?
Are Dublin South voters going to punish Fine Gael over the George Lee disaster?
Will the Gilmore Gale put Eric Byrne over the line in Dublin South Central?
Is John Gormley finished in Dublin South East? If so, is it Labour or FG to benefit?
Will Pat Rabitte take Eamonn Maloney with him in Dublin South West?
Is there anyway Brian Lenihan can hold off Varadkar, Burton and Higgins in Dublin West?
Dun Laoghaire: Can Boyd Barett walk the walk? Can one of the FF Ministers hang on?
Is it possible we could see three Fine Gaelers elected in Galway East?
Why are Fianna Fail running three candidates in Galway West? Why are Labour only running one?
Can the Spring dynasty steal a seat from Sinn Fein in the revised Kerry North-Limerick West?
Will O’ Donoghue’s almost certain collapse be enough to get Healy Rae II into the Dail or can Labour establish a presence in Kerry South?
Will Kildare North gain an Independent in Cllr Catherine Murphy, so close last time out?
Can the substantial FF presence in Kildare South survive what looks like a fairly tame competition?
Will the Taoiseach’s brother Barry match the 2007 performance in Laois-Offaly? Can Labour make any headway at all?
With Cregan’s resignation, can anything stand in the way of FG dominance in the new County Limerick constituency?
Whose taking the fourth seat in Limerick City? O’ Donnell (FG), Leddin (Lab), Power (FF) or Quinlivan (SF)?
Can Labour take advantage of a three-on-three FF/FG battle in Longford/Westmeath and get a second guy in after Willie Penrose?
Can anything get in the way of Adams in Louth? Can the absence of the sitting FF TDs save the party’s presence there?
Is it possible we could see four FG TDs elected in Mayo? Can Labour grab a seat in Flynn’s absence?
Can Fianna Fail hold a seat in Meath East or will Labour’s Dominic Hannigan eliminate their presence?
Can Peader Toibin match or beat Joe Reilly’s 2007 performance for Sinn Fein in Meath West?
Can the Gilmore Gale penetrate one of the most rural constituencies in Roscommen-Leitrim South, reversing their awful 2007 numbers there?
Fine Gael and Sinn Fein: Which one will take the third seat in Sligo-North Leitrim?
Can Alan Kelly convert MEP success to a General Election in Tipp North? What kind of hit will Lowry take, if any?
Can Tom Hayes bring Michael Murphy with him for Fine Gael, or will Sheamus Healy take an Independent seat in Tipp South?
Will Fine Gael or Labour replace Fianna Fail as the dominant party in Waterford? Can Sinn Fein turn it into a rare 1/1/1/1?
Can Wexford be a rarity, and actually have no changes? Can Sinn Fein deserter John Dwyer upset that apple cart?
Can Labour grab a second seat in Wicklow at the expense of an inevitable Fianna Fail loss? Can the seven Independents wreck the numbers?
I’ll come back to this post after the election and have a look back at these questions.