Media outlets and lawmakers, including independent Michael Lowry, suggested that elections would now take place on February 7, days after the United Kingdom is due to exit the European Union and begin a yearlong transition period out of the bloc.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Sunday announced plans for fresh elections but stopped short of setting a date.
This means the election campaign effectively starts today and Corkonians can expect election posters to be erected in the coming days.
The Taoiseach had previously told RTÉ at the weekend that he had already decided on the election date.
The Taoiseach is expected to seek a dissolution of the Dáil today, paving the way for a General Election campaign to begin.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fail both refuse to govern with the country's third largest party Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), meaning smaller parties such as the resurgent Greens could decide whether Varadkar or Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin become the next prime minister.