Tonight's the Night

When Enda and Michael sit down at 7pm this evening, stare into each others' eyes and begin to form a relationship which may or may not lead to a Government, what will they say? After 41 days of courting, it is time for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to put aside "their differences" and address the key national issues.

What is important to Irish people?

If either of these two leaders are to form an effective Government, they should listen to the Irish people, rather than their back-benchers. The following might be a help to them in explaining what the important issues to Irish people are in April 2016. This week, we asked 1,000 Irish people (representative of the nation) what was important to them personally.

Unsurprisingly, the health service tops the list of areas. 93% of people claim this is important to them personally and increases to 97% of those over the age of 50.

Jobs and crime are the second and third most important issues for Irish people, with jobs effecting younger voters in comparison to crime effecting those over 50.

Housing is most important for those living in urban areas, particularly Irish towns and cities with increasing rent and property prices while transport is also important for those living in these areas.

Unsurprisingly, those living in rural areas are 20% more likely to say rural development is very important or important compared to the general population, while those under the age of 34 are 12% more likely to say childcare is important to them.

We shall all wait and see what the two leaders chat about and more importantly, will they form an Irish Government before the summer break.