Friday January 17, 2020

Varadkar ponders a Valentine’s Day massacre

Taoiseach faces a busy weekend as he decides whether to call an election before the Dáil’s scheduled return

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

10th January, 2020
Leo Varadkar with Heather Humphreys, the Business Minister, and Martin Heydon, the Fine Gael chairman, before a Fine Gael meeting today. Picture: Sam Boal/

To call it or not to call it? That is the question that Leo Varadkar faces this weekend before the Dáil’s scheduled return on Wednesday.

There are some in Fine Gael who want an election as soon as possible. If the Taoiseach asks President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the Dáil in the coming days, the election must be held within 30 days.

There has to be a three-week election...

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