Thursday 24 May 2018

Kenny meeting to finalise FG election plans

Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers

Fionnán Sheahan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet with Fine Gael ministers on Monday night to finalise his General Election plans.

Mr Kenny will dissolve the Dáil next week, with the election to be held at the end of February.

The Cabinet is due to meet as usual on Tuesday, followed by the normal Dáil sitting.

The meeting on Monday night of Fine Gael ministers is expected to discuss the party manifesto and clear individual policies. Ministers will also debate the election date and the rollout of the campaign.

Mr Kenny is still mulling over Thursday, February 25 or Friday, February 26 as polling day.

Fine Gael sources say it is now 80pc certain the election will be held on a Thursday.

But Mr Kenny will face criticism if he holds the election on a Thursday as it will limit the ability of young people who live away from home to vote.

The writs for the general election will be moved by the Clerk of the Dáil under Section 39 of the Electoral Act 1992.

The Constitution provides for the President to dissolve the Dáil and to summon the Dáil, on the advice of the Taoiseach.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly, under Section 96 of the Electoral Act 1992, appoints the polling day and times.

The minister would usually make this order on the day the Dáil is dissolved but this is not a legal requirement.

The polling day must be no earlier than 18 days and no later than 21 days after the writs are issued - excluding Sundays.

Irish Independent

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