General Election to take place ‘in first few months’ of 2020
A General Election is set to take place early in the New Year.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has put his Fine Gael troops on notice after the British election finally brought certainty to the Brexit question.
A Government source today confirmed to KilkennyNow.ie this has paved the way for a General Election here “in the first few months of 2020”.
Reports this morning claim the Taoiseach told a private gathering of Fine Gael figures earlier this week that they need to come back after Christmas and “make history” by securing a third term.
Mr Varadkar is also said to have mobilised a number of close party allies to spearhead his election campaign, including Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan.
The Taoiseach declined to confirm an election date when he was interviewed on RTÉ’s Marian Finucane Show earlier today, despite reports that ministers have been given three dates in February to prepare for.
However, he admitted the current Dáil numbers “have got very tight” and that his depleted minority Government may not survive another vote of no confidence. Kilkenny Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has also publicly stated that he will vote defy his party leader and vote against the Government the next time around.
Mr Varadkar also said that, with Brexit “moving on to a different phase” that “we will certainly have a new government for the next phase”, but did not give a timeframe for this.