Dublin: Dail Set To Be Disolved On Tuesday Next – Cowen

28 Jan

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he will seek to dissolve the Dáil next Tuesday and announce the date of the General Election.

Brian Cowen - Will seek to dissolve Dáil on Tuesday
Brian Cowen – Will seek to dissolve Dáil on Tuesday

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he will seek to dissolve the Dáil next Tuesday and announce the date of the General Election.

Speaking on RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta‘s Adhmhaidin, Mr Cowen also said that he is to consult his family and advisors over the weekend regarding his future in politics.

Mr Cowen said he supports the call from his successor; Micheál Martin that all party leaders should debate the issues.

There is an onus on all parties to put forward their plans for the country so the electorate can decide who best to lead them, he said.

Elsewhere, the Finance Bill goes to the Seanad this morning.

Watch live from 10.30am.

It passed all stages in the Dáil yesterday. The Government won the vote on the report and final stages by 81 votes to 76.

The bill is expected to be dealt with by the Seanad today and tomorrow.

The parties have agreed that the Dáil can meet again tomorrow evening if flaws in the legislation are identified.

Gilmore urges Kenny to agree to three-way debate

Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore says he hopes Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will agree to a three-way debate adding that it was Labour who called for it in the first place a number of months ago.

Speaking in Cork, where he is on a day long visit, he said he would participate in a five-way debate but it would have to be followed by a three way debate between the leaders of the parties offering to lead the country.

Asked if he thought Fine Gael’s visit to Brussels was premature, Mr Gilmore said he wasn’t sure what they were discussing. He believed that renegotiation of the EU/IMF deal had to be on the basis of a mandate given by the people.

The renegotiation of the deal, he said, can only take place after the election and after a mandate has been given to the new government to re-negotiate the deal.

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