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the key issues:

The top five election Issues in Dublin West are;

lJobs and the economy are the main topics. The employment crisis has affected young people more than any other age group and Dublin 15 has a huge young adult population.

lThe future of Blanchardstown's Connolly Hospital has emerged as another contentious topic.

•Mortgage debt has been brought up again and again by families. Many are in negative equity.

lEducation is another key worry with the lack of special needs assistants in schools highlighted as being crucial.

lTransport also comes up frequently. The shelving of Metro West was a blow to residents.