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Listen: Varadkar Says Political Events Overtook His Preferred #GE2020 Timeline.

: 01/14/2020 - 15:54

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:

16le0.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

The Social Democrats co-leader, Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy said the party is hopeful of making significant gains at the upcoming election:

tuescath.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

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/

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