As negotiations to form the next Government are under way, how compatible are the parties in contention to form a coalition?
Our experts ran the rule over their positions in 10 key areas:
Sinn Féin: Build 60,000 social, 30,000 affordable purchase and 10,000 affordable rental homes in five years. Tax credits on rent and a three-year rent freeze on existing and new rents also promised.
Fianna Fáil: Build 50,000 social and 50,000 affordable homes. Encourage construction of 100,000 private homes through development levy incentives for builders and SSIA scheme to help buyers save for deposits. Also tax credit for renters and relief on property tax for landlords.
Green Party: Lift financing restrictions to allow local authorities build to meet local demand. Roll out widespread use of cost-rental model to ensure continuous supply nationally. Increase social and affordable portion of private developments to 35pc.
Social Democrats: Build 100,000 social homes in five years. Require 20pc of private developments to be provided for affordable purchase or rent in addition to 10pc social homes. Nationwide rent freeze until current pressures ease.
Labour: Build 80,000 social and affordable homes on public land in five years. Immediate rent freeze to ease current crisis followed by caps on annual rent increases.
SOL-PBP: Create new state construction company to build 100,000 new social homes in five years. Impose vacant dwelling levy and ban ‘economic evictions’ by large commercial landlords.
Sinn Féin: Publish a white paper on Irish unity, establish an Oireachtas committee on a United Ireland and secure a referendum within five years.
Fianna Fáil: Establish a unit in the Department of the Taoiseach to lead a study and consultation on a green paper to outline how the Irish government should approach a unity referendum.
Green Party: No specific proposals on a united Ireland or a border poll
Labour: Proposes a modern-day New Ireland Forum to discuss the potential for a unitary Irish State
Social Democrats: Work towards achieving a united Ireland based on social democratic principles by consent.
SOL- PBP: A series of citizens and constituency assemblies to draw up a new constitution and hold a border poll North and South.
Sinn Féin: Increase the state pension by €20.
- Introduce a transition pension and halt increase in the pension age. End mandatory retirement.
Fianna Fáil: Increase the state pension by €25.
Roll out a transition pension for over-65s and defer a planned hike in the state pension age to 67 next year, pending a review.
Green Party: Axe mandatory retirement laws and merge contributory and non contributory pensions.
Social Democrats: Keep the state pension age at 66.
Labour: Keep the state pension age at 66 and give employers an “incentive” to end compulsory retirement at 65.
SOL –PBP: Restore the ‘pension age’ to 65 with transition pension. Increase the state pension to €260 a week.
Fianna Fáil: Extend the jobseeker’s transitional payment for lone parents until their youngest child is 18.
Sinn Féin: Increase rates to €245 a week and give young jobseekers equal payments.
Green Party: Replace the social welfare system with a non-means tested universal basic income.
Social Democrats: Increase all weekly welfare payments to match inflation.
Labour: Link social protection payments to the cost of living and immediately restore full dole to under-25s.
SOL –PBP: Increase basic welfare rates by €10 a week. Abolish “discriminatory” rates of jobseekers allowance to under-26s.
Sinn Féin: Oppose any further increases
Fianna Fáil: Support continuing €6 annual increases reach €80 per tonne by 2030 and ringfencing revenues for climate action initiatives
Green Party: Want greater annual increases to reach €100 per tonne by 2030 while ending exemptions and reliefs on aviation and agricultural fuels and redistribute revenues through cash payments to low income households
Social Democrats: Favour the tax but with fuel poverty review to precede further increases
Labour: Support increases to reach €80 per tonne by 2030
SOL-PBP: Oppose any further increases in tax on individuals but want it imposed on airlines and polluting industries.
Sinn Féin: Transform childcare into a “full fledged” public service and slash fees by 66pc or more than €500 per child per month.
Fianna Fáil: Increase universal childcare subsidy from €20 to €80 a week, increase homecarer tax credit, and “consider” fee caps.
Green Party: Aims for publicly-run state crèches delivered by local authorities and to increase spend on pre-school childcare from 0.3pc of GDP to 0.6pc of GDP over two years.
Social Democrats: Introduce an early years payment of about €50 a month, increase funding to the sector and extend parental leave.
Labour: Set up a universal ‘Public Childcare Scheme’ with moderate fees set at average EU level and with early drop off and late collection times. Set up a sectoral employment order to raise wages in the sector.
SOL –PBP: Guarantee 33 hours of free childcare per week, cap fees at 3pc of income and move to a free service through a National Childcare Service.
Sinn Fein: Free GP care for all over term of Government , starting with two free visits
Fianna Fail :Expand free GP care on the basis of means
Green Party: Free GP care for all
Social Democrats: Phased extension of free GP care
Labour: Extend free GP care to all under-18s and everyone with a longterm disability
Sol-PBP: Free GP care for all
Sinn Fein: Lift recruitment freeze. Hire 2,500 more nurses and 1,000 doctors
Fianna Fail: Recruit 1,000 extra consultants and 4,000 more nurses over five years. Give €200m to the National Treatment Purchase Fund .Any public patient waiting over six months for procedure can apply to fund.
Green party: Single tiered hospital system funded by public taxation
Social Democrats: Thousands more doctors and nurses
Labour: End HSE embargo on recruitment
SOL - PBP: Guarantee treatment in 18 weeks.
Sinn Féin: New 5pc levy on those earnings more than €140,000.
Fianna Fáil: Raise entry level to higher tax rate to €38,300 for singles, and to €76,600 for married couples.
Green Party: Increase the tax credit for the self employed by €150 to €1,650.
Social Democrats: Increase the minimum effective tax rate for those earning more than €400,000.
Labour: Widen income tax bands and withdraw income tax credits on those earning more than €100,000.
SOL-PBP: New tax band for those earning over €100,000.
Sinn Féin: Abolish USC on income under €30,000.
Fianna Fáil: Reduce 4.5pc rate to 3.5pc (applies to incomes between €20,000 to €70,000).
Green Party: No change.
Social Democrats: No reference to USC in manifesto.
Labour: Says it will not raise USC.
SOL-PBP: USC should not apply to incomes under €90,000. High-income charge for those over it.
Well, nobody saw that one coming. Except they did, of course. The last few weeks have seen poll after poll predicting a strong Sinn Féin surge and, like some political equivalent to Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition, the main players affected surprise when it repeatedly showed up.