The order for the polling day to be held on Friday, February 26th has been signed by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.
Mr Kenny arrived at the Áras at 10.26 am and signed the visitors book in the hallway before having a private conversation with Mr Higgins in the President’s drawing room.
In a brief ceremony lasting less than two minutes Mr Kenny and Mr Higgins strode briskly into the State reception room, nodding briefly to a posse of photographers. They sat at a mahogany table where they signed the proclamation formally dissolving the Dáil. Afterwards the acting Taoiseach was escorted to his car by Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina.
Mr Kenny did not respond to questions from the media as to how he felt. He moved swiftly to his car and was driven away.
By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh
The traumatized people of Ireland say Good Riddance to the Irish Government as we are now going to go through the farce of a General Election in case you forgot here is a reminder of what we have to thank these pampered peacocks to thank for ! This government have been the cheerleaders of the corporate takeover of our Country, our-lives and the lives of the next generation: This enslavement must end now!