The Irish general election will be held on Saturday 8 February, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has announced. President Michael D Higgins has been instructed to dissolve Parliament while campaigning gets underway in the Republic.
Speaking outside government buildings on Tuesday, Varadkar said that this was the ideal time to hold a general election, before the next EU Council summit in March.
“We have a deal on Brexit and Northern Ireland. Our economy has never been stronger; there are more people in work than ever before, incomes are rising, poverty is falling and the public finances are back in order,” Varadkar said.
“As a nation, we have every reason to be hopeful and positive about the future,” he added. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)