Hand-to-hand combat begins and a brutal, unforgiving campaign lies in store
So it's started. You'll have the aerial war fought on airwaves and print and the ground war - the hand-to-hand combat that takes place on the doorsteps of the country.
All over Ireland, thousands of men and women will be promoting their candidates who have put themselves before the people.
In the age of the iPad, social media and a 24/7 news cycle, you may well ask if trudging through the streets on a dank, miserable night banging on people's doors is really necessary.