By AfricaLegalNews Political Desk

The Republic of Ireland went to the polls on Saturday 8
February 2020 and the results are expected on Sunday.

The incumbent Taoiseach (Prime Minister)  Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael party faces a tough
election due to housing and social services failures.

Mr Varadkar, the son of Indian immigrants, however, made history by being Ireland’s youngest leader when he came into office in 2017. He has also been the republic’s first openly gay prime minister.

An Irish Times MRBI poll conducted in early February showed Fine Gael in third place at 20 per cent. The polls were led by leftist and former Irish revolutionary militia linked party Sinn Fein at 25 per cent) and Fianna Fail at 23 per cent.

The other main parties contesting the election include The
Green Party, Labour Party and People Before Profits.

Mr Vradkar’s government’s term witnessed some historic moments for Ireland, including the Brexit negotiations, the Irish border talks and a referendum on abortion held in 2018.

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