After weeks of being talked at, today the people have their say. The voice of a nation is powerful, much will depend on whether its tone is one of anger or enlightened self-interest.
We are on course to leave the old comfort zone of the two-and-a-half party system.
Sinn Féin will rock the old order if predictions are correct. All parties face questions as to how creditworthy they are when it comes to cashing in on extravagant promises.
Desperation, they say, is the raw material of drastic change, and Sinn Féin proved adept at tapping into a well of frustration on housing, health and pensions. These issues span key demographics with big voting potential.
All parties feel their time has come. But none has a right to be in government, their fates lie exclusively in your hands. After the election our fates will be in theirs, so we must choose wisely.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "No election is easy. It has turned into a three-horse race - Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin - which I think nobody would have anticipated."
His party is accused of being too slow to react. Racing metaphors are well and good, but what happens should we come to a sudden stop? Someone takes a tumble and some are handicapped with the baggage of the past.
It took a decade to come through the economic storm; we are not the same country that went into it. Years of austerity took a toll on trust in traditional political ties.
Many forsook party loyalty. After years in survival mode, they asked: "What's in it for me?" Parties came under intense pressure to do not what was wise, but what was popular.
The 2016 election was dominated by water charges. The measure was necessary for conservation and for continuity of service, but was unpopular and so cast aside.
Today, the issues are a housing emergency and overcrowded hospitals. In our eagerness for a solution to intolerable crises, we may settle for whoever shouts the loudest instead of who has the right answer.
In 1977, Fianna Fáil emptied the State's coffers to win an election. It did away with rates, one of many reasons we do not have enough council houses today. Economic policies that empty our public finances or result in a flight of foreign investment may find favour today, but will exact a frightening price tomorrow.
If we settle for slogans instead of solutions, we risk building a government on a rickety platform and may be returning to the polls, sooner than later. We need a secure government as we go into the unknown of Brexit.
You may feel what you do today will be insignificant, but it is vitally important. A restive electorate may hunger for change, but not at any cost as the crash reminds us daily.