Taoiseach confirms general election will be "early in the Spring"

Taoiseach confirms general election will be 'early in the Spring'

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the election will be early in the spring.

Mr Kenny reiterated his intention to have a 2016 election while speaking at an event in Madrid today.

Speaking to reporters, he even spelled it out, saying: "Listen to me, get this very straight: we're going to have an election early in Spring, early in the Spring.

"'E-A-R-L-Y, early in the Spring," he added.

It comes after a poll indicated an election in the new year may be the right decision.

The Behaviour & Attitudes poll was taken between October 5 and 14.

Fine Gael droped three points to 24 compared to two months ago, while Labour gained two points to 8%, but their combined support is well short of re-election levels.

Fianna Fáil fell one point to 19%, and now stand level with unchanged Sinn Féin - but the poll also shows how the electorate is becoming increasingly fractured.

17% support independent candidates, including 5% for the Independent Alliance.

The combined left bloc of the Socialist/Anti Austerity/People Before Profit alliance are on 7%, Renua are on 2%, while the Greens, Social Democrats and the Workers Party are each on 1%

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