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Laois Minister does not want General Election next year

Charlie Flanagan and Minister Dr Katherine Zappone

Fine Gael Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan does not want to have a General Election next year.

The Laois TD was speaking this afternoon in his constituency office where he was with Minister for Children Dr Dr Katherine Zappone who was visiting the county.

Minister Flanagan said: “I have spoken to a number of people on the ground and the overwhelming feeling is that people want stability at present.

“So I’m hoping that when the Taoiseach meets Micheal Martin that they can continue with the supply and confidence arrangement.”

Minister Flanagan made the comments as he welcomed the Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone to the county to highlight the impact and challenges thrown up by rapid population growth in Laois.

Minister Zappone was there to witness first-hand how local youth services and Family Resource Centres are working with local young people in Portlaoise and Mountmellick.

Minister Zappone’s Department oversees funding of youth services around Ireland.

She said: “Laois has a very active youth sector which receives substantial support from my Department. It is used to provide activities, information and supports to young people across the County.

“In addition, the existing Family Resource Centre in Portlaoise and the new Centre in Mountmellick are hubs of the local community providing services to local people of all ages.

“It is important to see this work on the ground and to meet the dedicated workers and volunteers supporting young people and families in Laois as it will help us to further improve support from Central Government.”

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