DUBLIN – General election date

Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made a decision on a General Election date, but is refusing to announce it, due to “protocol.”

Varadkar is due to chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (14 January) and also has plans to sit down with the opposition Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin this week. It is understood that Varadkar won’t announce a date until both meetings have taken place. The Irish Parliament, meanwhile, reconvenes on Wednesday.

The news comes just days after British and Irish governments brokered a deal to end the suspension of the Northern Ireland devolved assembly in Stormont.   

The Democratic Unionist Party’s Arlene Foster will lead the largest group in Stormont and was sworn in as First Minister of the assembly over the weekend. (Samuel Stolton, EURACTIV.com)

>>Read also: Ireland’s PM sets stage for possible February election

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