The 2020 General Election - overdue for about a year but delayed due to Brexit - was announced yesterday. The candidates have been selected for ages in most cases.

No matter how you end up voting, just make sure you do. If you don't know where to start, a good way to dip your toe is with a 'which party am I closest to' quiz. There are two popular ones:

  • WhichCandidate.ie
    Pros:
    easy to use, made in Ireland so all questions and answers are relevant, info on local independents and smaller parties
    Cons: relies on self-reported answers from candidates/parties which may be incomplete (at the time of writing, SF hasn't added theirs), and candidate positions may vary in practice from the party platform so always check.
  • ISideWith.com
    Pros:
    loads of questions so you can fine-tune responses depending on areas of interest, tick-box options go beyond agree/disagree to specific policy positions
    Cons: imported from a US model and a lot of questions are totally irrelevant to Irish politics, or are holdovers from 2016. Lots of those specific answers are overlapping, but you only get to pick one response. Questions over data privacy.

As with all of these things, the brush-strokes are broad and a hefty pinch of salt is needed.