CONFIRMED: General Election will be held on Saturday, 8 February

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

Senior sources in Government indicated the Taoiseach was preparing to call the general election today with most ministers still believing February 7th will be polling day.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to hold a parliamentary election in February, the president's office said.

Varadkar said on Sunday that he had made a decision on the timing of a general election but would meet his cabinet on Tuesday and speak to the leader of the main opposition party before ending the uncertainty.

Mr Varadkar had said he preferred a summer election but power has been ebbing away from the minority government over the past few weeks.

The Fine Gael party under previous leader and former Prime Minister Enda Kenny won 50 of 158 seats in the 2016 election, losing 26 seats.

Media outlets and lawmakers, including independent Michael Lowry, suggested that elections would now take place on February 7, days after the United Kingdom is due to exit the European Union and begin a yearlong transition period out of the bloc.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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