The Dáil has been dissolved at Áras an Uachtaráin

Latest Update: 10.50am

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste posed for photographs on the steps of Government Buildings.

Enda Kenny declared "this is not goodbye" as he headed for the Aras.

Joan Burton told reporters she's confident of being back: “This is Seachtain Naoimh Bride which is also the week of my own birthday.

“She was a very powerful woman and role model in early Irish history and I have to say I am absolutely delighted to be the first woman leader of the Labour party.

“The Labour party have been campaigning under my leadership for the last year, the response is strong and good and I am very confident that we will re-elect- that the people when they go to vote will have choices to make and they will re-elect this Government.”

Latest Update: 10.40am

The 31st Dáil has been dissolved and the general election is underway.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially sign the forms to dissolve the 31st Dail.

Voters will go to the polls on Friday the 26th - the date was confirmed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on twitter.

After a courtesy announcement in the Dáil chamber at 9:30am, at 10:35am the Dáil was officially dissolved when the proclamation was signed at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Latest update: 9.50am

The Taoiseach has fired the starting gun and called the election.

Enda Kenny is now on his way to Aras an Uachatarain to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the Dáil.

Polling day will be Friday, February 26.

Here is how Enda Kenny announced the election in the Dáil: “I wish to inform the house as a matter of courtesy, that I am proceeding immediately to Aras an Uachtarain to advise the President, pursuant of article 13 of the constitution to dissolve Dáil Eireann and to summon the incoming Dáil to meet at 10.30am on Thursday, March 10 2016.

“To those members of the house that are not seeking re-election, I wish you every success and happiness in the future.

“I wish all other members well in their endeavours to return to the house.”

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