The Laois Campaign for the re-election of Michael D Higgins was launched on Thursday, October 4 in O’Loughlins Hotel Portlaoise.
The non-party political event was attended by members of the public, Minister Charlie Flanagan and councillor Noel Tuohy. Green Party General Election candidate Pippa Hackett also offered her support for the campaign.
Event organiser Eoin Barry stated, “Michael D Higgins is a unique candidate, as President he has brought people of all ages and backgrounds together. His tireless and innovative work has been a source of great pride for Irish people. Throughout turbulent political times internationally, he has been steadfast in his defence of human rights and the promotion of a republic of all.”
Support from politicians
At the event Minister Flanagan emphasised his support for President Higgins and the importance of an energetic and active campaign in county Laois. He reminded attendees that while polls were strong for the president no vote should be taken for granted.
Councillor Tuohy spoke of the excellent work Michael D Higgins has done as President and broad support the president has amongst people in the county. He spoke of the unique situation where Michael D Higgins has the public support of the leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and he called on members of those parties to back the campaign in laois.
Gearóidín McEvoy from the Laois Together for Yes campaign spoke about a new generation of young people who are politically active and campaigning on a range of issues including the Raise the Roof housing campaign. She said Michael D Higgins has strong support among these young people, many of whom will be involved in the campaign.
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