A general election has been called for Saturday, the 8th of February.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked President Michael D Higgins to approve the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil this afternoon.
It kick starts a three and a half week election campaign.
Leo Varadkar previously said he wanted the election to be held in May.
However the Taoiseach says political events overtook that timeline:
The Social Democrats co-leader, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy said the party is hopeful of making significant gains at the upcoming election:
14/1/2020 Cabinet Meetings. Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar arriving at Government Buildings for what could be the last cabinet meeting before the General Election. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie