Public Policy Bulletin, 17-20 January 2020

Jan 17, 2020


In this week’s Public Policy bulletin, read about the upcoming General Election in Ireland scheduled for 8 February 2020. Also, read about the EU’s new European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism.


Ireland gears up for General Election on 8 February 2020

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that Ireland’s General Election is set to be held on Saturday, 8 February 2020. With just three weeks to go to the election date, candidates and voters are gearing up for an early election to elect a new Government for the next five years. With the 32nd Dáil now dissolved, the new Dáil will meet for the first time on Thursday, 20 February. There were158 seats in the 32nd Dail, with 160 predicted in the next one to reflect the growing population of Ireland.

We will  be covering developments in the election process over the next three weeks, so keep an eye out for updates in our news bulletin and on our website. You can also visit the Oireachtas website to learn more about the voting system in Ireland.


EU announces European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism

The European Commission unveiled last week, its one trillion-euro investment plan to put Europe on track to reach the 2050 emissions-neutrality goal, while also helping coal-producing regions to move away from fossil fuels. With this news coming at the helm of the launch of the European Green Deal, the European Green Deal Investment Plan aims to mobilise resources, and provide tailored financial and practical support to help workers and generate the necessary investments in those areas.

The same message was echoed by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on her inaugural visit to Ireland last week.


Read all our updates in our Public Policy web centre.