Ministers are meeting this morning in what's likely to be the last cabinet meeting of this Government.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is expected to outline his plans for holding a general election.

A senior Fine Gael source has told Midwest News that they expect the Dáil will be dissolved later today, but it could be anytime between now and Thursday, if polling day is to take place on 7th February, as widely expected.

Former MEP Marian Harkin has confirmed she will contest the general election in the Sligo / Leitrim constituency as an independent candidate.

Ms Harkin previously served as a TD for Sligo-Leitrim from 2002 to 2007,and as an MEP for Midlands-Northwest from 2004 until last year's European elections.

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