Ireland: Varadkar casts vote during first ever Saturday general election

Current Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made his way to Dublin's Castleknock polling station to cast his vote during the first ever Irish general election held on a Saturday. Varadkar was seen arriving at the polling station where he talked with the people present and posed for pictures with his ballot paper before placing it in the ballot box and driving off. Polls will be open throughout the day... Еще across the country's 39 constituencies, with the vote count for the elected 160 representatives beginning on Sunday. The chosen TDs [Teachta Dala: members of Irish Parliament] will assemble on 20 February for the 33rd Dail [Irish Parliament], with 80 needed to hold a majority as the speaker abstains from voting in most instances. Varadkar's time in office might soon be over as his centre-right Fine Gael party was resting at 17 percent in pre-election opinion polling, behind archrivals Fianna Fail, who's leader Micheal Martin has ruled out forming a coalition with the current Taoiseach, with 22 percent, while Sinn Fein, who Varadkar has said he will not form a government with, stand on 25 percent.

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