Friday 23 August 2019

Looming election to dominate at home

Week 47

Leo Varadkar. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand /Getty Images
Leo Varadkar. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand /Getty Images
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Events from Leinster House will dominate domestically this week, with the country facing the possibility of a general election before Christmas.

At the very least we can expect a new Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had planned to visit the Defence Forces troops in Mali and attend a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Ivory Coast this week. Both events were cancelled to deal with the Government crisis.

Attendees at the European Union-Africa summit in Ivory Coast include French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself under domestic pressure to form a government. The leaders at the event are due to discuss a number of issues including migration, security, and investment.

Elsewhere on the domestic front, the Earnings and Labour Costs for the three months to September 30 are released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), along with the release of the latest data on industrial disputes.

Tomorrow sees figures for overseas travel for August.

Irish Independent

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