Opposition Pushes For General Election In Wake Of Leo Varadkar's Decision

Leo Varadkar announced he would be stepping down as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader.

A change in leader within Government will make little difference without a change in policy.

That's Sinn Féin's view in the wake of Leo Varadkar's decision to step down as Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael.

His resignation as party leader is effective immediately, with his successor to be elected before the party's Ard Fheis on April 16th.

Laois Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley says it's time for a General Election:

The Leader of the Social Democrats says "the writing is on the wall for this Government."

Holly Cairns says it's now time for change: 

People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy says "this Government is presiding over a shocking housing crisis and a crisis in health and cost of living."

He adds "the people need to be given the opportunity to decide on who will lead the country, not the Fine Gael party."


Speaking during Leader's Questions in the Dail, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald called for a general election, in light of Mr. Varadkar's announcement:

Labour says it's ready for a General Eleciton following today's announcement. 

Leader Ivana Bacik says this shows the lack of cohesion within the coalition:

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