Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that he is going to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the Dáil, thus marking the beginning of the 2016 general election campaign.
“To those members of the house who are not seeking re-election I wish every success and happiness in the future. I wish all other members well in their endeavours to return to the House,” he said.
Most of the Cabinet was present and a number of Ministers of State. There were just seven members of the Opposition in the House and five Labour backbenchers.