Taoiseach says political events overtook timeline for election

Taoiseach says political events overtook timeline for election

It was expected Varadkar would dissolve the Dáil before it sat again on Wednesday.

The announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ends weeks of speculation and will see the campaign officially start.

"I have made a decision but there is some respective protocol around this so I would like to speak to the cabinet and the leader of the opposition", Varadkar told Irish broadcaster RTE.

Polling day is going to be on Saturday the 8th of February.

"Brexit is not done yet", the prime minister said, adding that the next step is to negotiate a free trade agreement that "protects our jobs, our businesses, our rural communities".

Justifying the early election, the Taoiseach pointed to the Brexit situation - with the United Kingdom now set to leave the European Union at the end of the month with a deal.

Varadkar will dissolve parliament today, the president's office said, with lawmakers set to resume work on February 20.

Varadkar, 40, became the once-staunchly Catholic country's first gay premier in 2017, a year after the last election, when his party hoped a generational shift could lead them to a third successive term for the first time.

"There's a risk during this time that hard decisions would have been deferred and irresponsible promises made - and that would not have been in the interests of the country in my view".

Related Articles

  • Samsung brings back the robust Galaxy phones with the new XCover Pro

    Samsung brings back the robust Galaxy phones with the new XCover Pro

    As we approach the recently confirmed launch date for the Galaxy S20 line-up, the leaks are starting to heat up as well. A 5x lens is much more believable, and even then, its not always a great zoom length for regular use on the P30 Pro .
    Sergio Aguero becomes all-time Premier League foreign top scorer after

    Sergio Aguero becomes all-time Premier League foreign top scorer after

    We work together every day and I learn from him and watch him and think that's what I have to do. "So that's what I have to do". And not only for what he does on the pitch, but also for what he does off it", the former Manchester City player concluded.
    Putin denies sending mercenaries to Libya

    Putin denies sending mercenaries to Libya

    Putin and Erdogan reached a consensus on Wednesday and urged to establish a ceasefire in Libya starting at midnight on January 12. Earlier this week Turkey and Russian Federation urged Libya's warring parties to declare a ceasefire on Sunday.
  • Black Widow Featurette Digs into the Character Who Debuted 10 Years Ago

    Black Widow Featurette Digs into the Character Who Debuted 10 Years Ago

    Black Widow also stars O-T Fagbenle ( The Handmaid's Tale ) as SHIELD agent Rick Mason. Meanwhile, Shortland expressed her excitement at seeing the "real" Natasha .
    Joe Burrow smokes cigar in incredible video after LSU win

    Joe Burrow smokes cigar in incredible video after LSU win

    This is their fourth title game in five seasons, and if they win tonight this will be their third championship in four seasons. Of course, the two QB's were Joe Burrow for LSU and Trevor Lawrence for Clemson .
    AG Barr: Pensacola Shooting was an 'Act of Terrorism'

    AG Barr: Pensacola Shooting was an 'Act of Terrorism'

    The shooter posted a message on social media in September that stated "the countdown has begun". Once discovered, an investigation was launched into other Saudi members present at the base.
  • OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 120Hz display

    OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 120Hz display

    The past renders did show that the smartphone will come with a punch-hole display in place of a pop-up module, and this matches. We have seen so many smartphones with multiple cameras at the rear but it downgrades the look and design of the smartphone.
    Ford's China sales drop 26%

    Ford's China sales drop 26%

    GM saw a 15 percent drop in 2019 sales from a year earlier to 3.09 million vehicles, said General Motors in a statement. Communist leaders are trying to accelerate industry development by ending curbs on foreign ownership of automakers.
    GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

    GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

    Automobile claims one driver is a CAE engineer specializing in induction and exhaust setups, and the other an electrical engineer. The Kentucky State Trooper says three Corvettes turn on Scottsville Road onto Ken Bale Blvd and accelerate heavily.
  • China Boosts US Purchases in Phase 1 of New Trade Deal

    China Boosts US Purchases in Phase 1 of New Trade Deal

    The deal also restores a twice-yearly dialogue process that previous administrations conducted regularly but that Trump scrapped. That unusual feature suggests Trump's trade negotiators weren't certain whether the event would happen as scheduled.
    Iraq asks United States  to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

    Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

    Iran pledged revenge for his death and, hours after the funeral, it launched a missile attack on USA -led forces in Iraq. The agreement was meant to limit Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.

    How Technology Changed Gaming

    They are as popular as Fortnite’s second chapter that, according to techradar.com , will be talked about for some time. The gaming industry as a whole now has games with demanding graphics that can be played on a phone as well as on a computer.