Dublin Bay North
In an election where there are many sources of fear and terror, Dublin Bay North is the ultimate group of death.
Richard Bruton will survive, but Labour's Aodhan O'Riordan resembles one of those elegant Spanish midfielders plunged into the Vauxhall conference. He could survive but it will only be with acute discomfort.
As Sinn Fein cast hopeful eyes at a second seat the real cataclysmic conflict for the final three seats will be amongst the Independents Bash St Kid's and Fianna Fail's Troika.
Is the survival of Finian McGrath, the veteran cutest and most cunning of all the Independents, assured?
Or, could that scrapping Labour pensioner Tommy Broughan or the underestimated Terence Flanagan survive?
When it comes to the Fianna Fail troika of Averil Power, Deirdre Heney and Sean Haughey our best advice to Michael is to let them run on the old principal of 'shoot 'em all and let God sort 'em out'.
John Drennan's Guide to Politics - Spring 2015
The next election will change your life. In a special supplement with the Sunday Independent, John Drennan presents his guide to Irish politics.
Guide To Politics
- And they're off: the great election race begins but, as to where it ends, sadly nobody knows
- The key issues - Remember tax reform is not illegal, Enda
- It's like a talent show - you have to make the audience want you
- Could our interrupted revolution lie in the humanising of our politicians?
- 'It's awful losing your seat, it's a very public humiliation...'
- Too early to rule out FG/SF Coalition
- Shadowy back room boys and girls with the ear of ministers
- Enda and Joan's shaky house of cabinet cards
- Despite Enda's stated preference Easter 2016 not yet definite
- As they hatch their plans, what might be the hopes and ambitions of our party schemers?
- Battle of the leaders to be key deciding factor in election race
- Spectral scenarios or sweet dreams
- When the fuss is over who will be the winner?
The Gender Gap
The Generation Game