Early Ireland Elections – Feb 8

Elections due in 2021 and considered for spring 2020 will now be held this February 8, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced today

What are the domestic and foreign policy stakes of Ireland’s elections?

Seemless border at risk? on the left, County Armagh, NI, UK; on the right, County Louth, Republic of Ireland (Google Maps)

2020 Elections in Ireland (from Foreign Policy Assn’s foreignpolicyblogs.com)

Leo Varadkar‘s Fine Gael party has led the government for nine years. It has come under domestic pressure on issues like housing, health care, and the divergent paths of the economy in different regions. Ireland’s larger question is on the Brexit negotiations and managing the new border between it and the UK.

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