Housing remains the issue that preoccupies the Irish public, according to the latest Ipsos B&A Snapshot poll for the Irish Times.

When participants in the April poll were asked what was the one thing they had seen or heard from Government recently that suggested the country is going in the right or wrong direction, 21 per cent gave Housing their first mention, making it the most salient issue by a considerable margin.

Each Snapshot poll is conducted among a random national sample of 1,000 Irish adults aged 15 years and upwards.

Housing is especially top-of-mind for those aged 25 to 34 years (28 per cent) and registers marginally higher than average among 55 to 64 year olds (22 per cent), many of whom have children renting or looking to buy a home.