Ones to watch - 10 candidates to break the chains of office
Leo Varadkar: Already runs the vital transport side and has the kind of strong personality with credibility to shape the role into a heavy-hitting position.
Roisin Shortall: Bailed out of the Labour Party on a point of principle, but would be her own boss as a mayor with integrity.
Pat Gilroy: No better name recognition than being a former All-Ireland-winning manager of the Dubs, the Dalkia Ireland managing director also brings business experience.
Oisin Quinn: The Lord Mayor of Dublin has led the charge for the post to actually be created so knows what the vision entails.
Lucinda Creighton: Follows in the footsteps of Ken Livingstone in London by being an outsider who would get her own back on the party she left.
Joe Higgins: Becoming an MEP five years ago proves he has the citywide voter appeal and he's not going to get into power through the Dail.
Louise Phelan: The straight-talking PayPal vice-president is just the kind of no-nonsense character with real world nous required to get the capital ship shape.
Michael O'Leary: Loses out by not living in the capital, but the Ryanair chief would send a shockwave through the system and have the chance to boss Dublin Airport Authority.
Mary Lou McDonald: Gives Sinn Fein the chance to prove it can actually be trusted with power and gives her a meaningful role until Gerry Adams – eventually – retires.
Shane Ross: No more sniping from the sidelines, no more chasing whatever scandal comes along, he'd have to practise what he's always been preaching.