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Three candidates in running to become Laois County Board chairman

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Three men have put themselves forward to become the next chairman of the Laois County Board
Three men have put themselves forward to become the next chairman of the Laois County Board

Three men have put their names forward to become the next chairman of the Laois County Board.

The County Convention, which will take place in December, will see the end of Stradbally native Gerry Kavanagh’s reign as Chairman.

He was elected in December 2012 and served five years at the helm.

But now his time is up and three candidates have put themselves forward to replace him: Peter O’Neill, Seán Mortimer and Brian Allen.

Portlaoise club man O’Neill is the current chairman of the football board.

He has served at juvenile and adult level on the Laois County Board for the past 15 years.

He served as Vice-Chairman to Gerry Kavanagh for fours years and currently sits on the executive as Football Liason Officer.

At club level, O’Neill served as secretary for Portlaoise for eight years.

Camross native Seán Mortimer has been the chairman of the hurling board for the last three years.

He replaced Peter O’Neill as Vice-Chairman this year after defeating the Portlaoise man by three votes, 72 to 69, at the County Convention last year.

He has also been actively involved in his club having previously served as chairman of the 25 time Laois SHC winners.

The third person to put themselves forward for the role is somebody who has held the role before.

Trumera’s Brian Allen was previously chairman of the Laois County Board from 2007 to 2012 after he succeeded Timahoe’s Dick Miller.

Since his time in the chair ended, Allen has held a number of different roles including PRO but he is currently the Central Coiste na nOg Chairperson and Laois’s Central Council Delegate.

Meanwhile two other people who have been linked with the role, Paschal McEvoy and Liam O’Neill, are understood to have ruled themselves out.

Finally, one person has also declared that they will run for the role of Vice-Chairman.

Clough-Ballacolla’s Tom Clear, who is currently the PRO of Laois County Board, confirmed at the weekend that he will put himself forward.

Clear was elected as PRO at the County Convention in 2014 and has held the role ever since.

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