A seat in Dail Eireann is said by some to be a handy little number money wise, quite apart from the honour and privilege of an opportunity to shape Ireland’s future.
But only twenty people have applied for seven jobs to represent Kildare in the next Dail.
In the four seat Kildare North constituency, twelve applicants have put their names forward.
They include the current TDs, Aine Brady and Michael Fitzpatrick, both Fianna Fail, Fine Gael’s Bernard Durkan and Labour’s Emmet Stagg.
Deputy Durkan is joined by his party colleague, Anthony Lawlor, from Kill, whose late mother, Patsy, ran in 1992, and Labour have a second candidate in Cllr John McGinley.
Martin Kelly from Naas will fly the Sinn Fein flag and Leixlip Town Councillor, Shane Fitzgerald, is running for the Green Party.
By the final date for nominations last Wednesday, four independents had gone forward, including former TD, Cllr Catherine Murphy.
With her on the independent trail are Eric Doyle Higgins from Celbridge, former developer, Bart Murphy from Celbridge and Michael Beirne, a teacher, also from Celbridge.
In the three seat Kildare South constituency, Vivian Cummins has stepped into the fray for the Green Party along with seven other brave souls.
These include sitting TDs, Labour’s Jack Wall and the two Fianna Fail TDs, Sean Power and Sean O’Fearghail.
Martin Heydon is the single Fine Gael candidate and Jason Turner is running for Sinn Fein.
Two independents have also thrown their proverbial hats into the ring - Newbridge based Cllr Paddy Kennedy and Clifford T. Reid.