General Election Announced For 08 February

Ireland's next General Election will take place on Saturday, 08 February, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced.

The Taoiseach will now go to to Áras an Uachtaráin today to seek a dissolution of the 32nd Dáil from President Michael D Higgins.

According to reports, Mr Varadkar cancelled a planned meeting of Fine Gael ministers this morning in order to announce the election date. Previously Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin had told the Taoiseach that he could no longer guarantee his party's TD's would support Mr Varadkar.

There has been general support for hold the election on a Saturday as it could increase the number of voters able to participate.

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