Friday 23 February 2018

Taoiseach Enda Kenny refuses to reveal election date to Ministers at special meeting

Enda Kenny. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Enda Kenny. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is keeping his ministers guessing by refusing to reveal the election date at a specially convened meeting this evening.

Mr Kenny was widely expected to tell Fine Gael ministers his preferred date for the general election at the meeting in Government Buildings tonight.

However, well-placed sources have confirmed the Taoiseach did not reveal when the forthcoming national vote will take place when he met his ministers at 7pm.

There is growing speculation he will call the election on Friday, February 26 but he has so far not confirmed his final decision.

Labour is putting pressure on Mr Kenny to hold the election on this date after it emerged Fine Gael strategists were pushing to have the vote a day earlier on Thursday, February 25 over fears they would lose votes due to a Six Nations rugby match in England on the following Saturday.

At tonight's meeting, the Taoiseach expanded on his 'Long Term Economic Plan' which will be the central plank of Fine Gael's bid to return to power.

Mr Kenny will meet Tanaiste Joan Burton tomorrow morning to discuss the election date before a full Cabinet meeting.

It is unclear if ministers will be then told the election date but it is expected the date will be announced at some stage this week.

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