Leo Varadkar will seek the dissolution of Ireland’s parliament today – as reports suggest voters will go to the polls on 8 February.
The Irish prime minister told his Cabinet the date of the election on Tuesday morning, The Irish Times and national broadcaster RTE reported.
He will visit Aras an Uachtarain – the president’s official residence – to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve parliament, the president’s office confirmed in a statement.
Over the weekend, Mr Varadkar told RTE Radio One that he had decided on the timing of an election, but said protocol prevented him from revealing it.
Speculation was further driven as pictures emerged of staff erecting posters of Mr Varadkar in his constituency.
Health and housing are likely to be the two major issues the parties will focus their campaigns on.
The state continues to battle its worst ever housing crisis, and hospital overcrowding reached record-breaking levels last year.
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However, concerns have been raised over the timing of the election.
Thousands of people may not be registered to vote – as the latest 2020 electoral register is currently still in draft form and will not become valid until 15 February.
Source : Sky News