A general election is expected to be called this week as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today meets Boris Johnson in Belfast.

The two leaders will meet at Stormont days ahead of the likely start of the election campaign.

Almost four years of speculation about an election date is likely to be put to bed this week with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar saying he's made his mind up about when to go to the polls.

He's said he wants to tie up some loose ends first - including a cabinet meeting tomorrow, and a visit from the new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday.

The Taoiseach is also due to meet the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin again in the coming days.

All that puts Wednesday evening or Thursday in line to be the day Mr Varadkar seeks the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil.

This morning he's traveling to Belfast to meet the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as political leaders in Northern Ireland after the re-establishment of the Stormont Executive over the weekend.

Fine Gael will be trying to push the government's record on Brexit during the election and Leo Varadkar may feel a few days sharing the podium with other world leaders will be a good look to kick start his bid to win a mandate to govern for the next five years.

Meanwhile the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has appointed Deputy Leader and Mayo TD Dara Calleary as Director of Elections for the 2020 General Election.

Deputy Calleary, who was also Director of Elections for the Local Elections which were held in May 2019, will have responsibility for the General Election candidates across all constituencies.


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