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General Election To Be Held On February 8th

Josh Crosbie
Josh Crosbie

02:47 14 Jan 2020


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Election 2020

The general election is expected to be formally called this afternoon with the 32nd Dáil being dissolved.

Polling day is going to be on Saturday the 8th of February.

The date caught many by surprise, it's rare elections are held on a weekend.

Though some think it may be to avoid making people to take a day off to mind the children sent home when schools are closed on a Friday.

Though Ireland is due to play Wales in rugby's Six Nations that day, something that may draw more interest than heading to the polls.

The election has fully kicked off even though we await the formal announcement here at government buildings.

The Taoiseach's own election posters have started going up in Dublin West, despite that being illegal until everything is official.

Dublin City Council said its litter wardens were "currently dealing" with election posters that had been put up early.

Each poster put up before an election date is formally confirmed is subject to a €150 fine.

A number of posters with the Taoiseach's face on them appeared in Leo Varadkar's own constituency this morning.

Press releases have been flying in, candidates making final decisions and campaign videos being posted.

It's a massive three weeks for politicians around the country all hoping to make it into the next government.

Only Irish citizens are allowed to have their say in a general election.

You can check the register here, and find out how to get on the supplementary register here.

You can only be included in the supplementary register if your local authority receives your application at least 15 days before polling day, according to Citizen's Information.


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