Never mind the auld opinion polls. If you really want to get the pulse of the nation, head to The Arch Bar on Liberty Square in Thurles. Although a Fianna Fáil bastion in Tipperary, the pub run by Pat and Dee Hayes attracts a wide variety of political opinion.
Here are one party's election promises: an increase in State pensions, a €1,500 increase in child tax allowance, an €8-a-week increase in subsidised childcare, legislation to cap rent increases, more spending on housing and infrastructure and more tax breaks for companies to encourage research and investment.
With the campaign for the General Election in full swing, now is the time to let your local politicians know what has you most out of pocket. Here are seven of the worst financial blows to have hit us since austerity budgets kicked in almost seven years ago - and which would be worth asking your politician to change.
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