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Minister Flanagan hits back at Cllr Leahy over ‘unfair’ funding claims

Charlie Flanagan

Minister Charlie Flanagan has hit back at claims by Cllr John Leahy that Laois was overlooked for funding through the Inland Fisheries Fund.

It has subsequently emerged that no applications were submitted from Laois, and just one for Offaly, for an Inland Fisheries Fund of €2.2 million.

Last week Cllr John Leahy of Renua criticised the lack of funding for the two counties, describing it as an “appalling failure of the government to properly fund fresh-water angling in Laois and Offaly”.

However, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan challenged the claims that Laois was overlooked.

He also confirmed to LaoisToday that no applications had been submitted from Laois and there was just the one successful one from Offaly.

“Please determine what applications were ‘snubbed’ or ignored? Easy option for hurlers on the ditch to sound off!” he tweeted LaoisToday.


“I think Cllr Leahy should get his facts right. He has lashed out at local TDs and it is clear that his statement is politically motivated. It was both incorrect and unfair,” Minister Flanagan said.

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A journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty