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Ireland Leo Varadkar refuses to rule out the Dail not returning next week as General Election looms

07:25  10 january  2020
07:25  10 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has failed to state whether the Dáil will return next week . The two party leaders will discuss the next general election and decide whether the confidence and supply Martin yesterday ruled out such a notion, stating that the Taoiseach knows well that is not part of the

A MEETING BETWEEN Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin has concluded with talks between the After tonight’s meeting, there is little clarity as to when an election might be held, with further talks Martin yesterday ruled out such a notion, stating that the Taoiseach knows well that is not part of the

Leo Varadkar has refused to rule out the Dáil not returning next week which sets the scene for a General Election in February.

The Taoiseach is meeting Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at a secret location in Dublin tonight f

But there is growing speculation this evening that Leo may have already made his mind up and wants to call an election this weekend.

Following a special Cabinet meeting on disability issues, Mr Varadkar faced the press where he was bombarded with questions about the election.

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Leo Varadkar tonight held a showdown meeting with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, both But the FG leader did claim the Government has the numbers in the Dail to continue to survive as long as The Taoiseach said the Dail plans to return next week unless something changes and warned the

The general election “is coming whether it is next week , next month or the month after – it’s here… it’s here and it’s now,” he told RTÉ’s Sean The meeting is to be held after Leo Varadkar meets with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Thursday evening to discuss when the next general election

He was asked numerous times - including by the Irish Mirror - if he could commit to the Dáil returning next week, and he couldn’t.

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie: 09/01/2020 - An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD during a Government Cabinet meeting at the Marino Institute, Dublin (Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photo Agency) © Provided by Irish Mirror 09/01/2020 - An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD during a Government Cabinet meeting at the Marino Institute, Dublin (Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photo Agency)

He was also asked if he would rule out calling a dissolution of the Dáil this weekend, as is his right as Taoiseach, and he wouldn’t.

Mr Varadkar said: “I can’t predict the outcome of the conversation with the leader of Fianna Fáil tonight.”

He added: “The Cabinet is due to meet on Tuesday, the Dáil will reconvene on Wednesday and that is the position, until such time as it may change.”

Most political sources say that time is imminent.

But the Taoiseach also kept his options open by saying that he still believes he has the numbers in the Dáil to keep things going past this week if Fianna Fáil keep upholding the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Not many others agree with him.

He said: “It is the case that if Fianna Fáil continue to abstain that the Government can continue.

“We have I believe sufficient votes to get our legislative programme through.”

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