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No Taoiseach Elected After Dáil Votes

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

8:25 PM - 20 Feb 2020



After four votes no one has been elected Taoiseach at the first sitting of the new Dáil.

Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin, Mary Lou McDonald and Eamon Ryan all lost votes this evening.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald got the most votes with 45 thanks to support from Solidarity People Before Profit and Independents.

Leo Varadkar will resign tonight but will remain as Taoiseach until a new government is elected.

He travels to Brussels this evening to represent Ireland at EU budget discussions.

Mr Varadkar used a closing statement to congratulate all TDs elected to the House.

He added: "Immediately after today's sitting is concluded, I will travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to inform the President of my resignation from this office and that of the Government.

"In accordance with Article 28.11 of the Constitution Bunreacht na hÉireann the Government will, and I quote, continue to carry out its duties until a new government has been appointed.

"I will likewise continue as Taoiseach until the election of that new government."

"We've many precedents for what happens next - and I want to reassure the Irish people that we have a Government and it will continue to work for you and your interests".



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