Martina Devlin: Never mind the pot holes, can you fix our economy?
Every election is different but this one has the edge. Not because so much is riding on it, although that's certainly the case, but because the electorate is engaged and informed as never before.
People have opinions, and strong opinions at that, on candidates and their parties' records. Perhaps one-third of voters remain undecided, but are willing to haggle with candidates setting out their wares.
A certain amount of 'what can you do for me?' on a local level is evident, but voters are also talking about policies rather than personalities. They seem inclined towards a particular party rather than the local TD or councillor, for all their work on the ground.