Another candidate has declared his intention to contest the May 24 local election the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District.
Long time community, environmental and political activist Brian Furlong declared that he will run as an Independent candidate in a bid to secure one of the six council seats on offer.
Mr Furlong, a Mountmellick native, was one of the leading figures in the anti-water charges campaign in Laois.
He has also been an active member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the Slieve Bloom Association and a prominent member of the local Game Preservation Association and Gun Club
A former member of Sinn Fein and the Anti-Austerity Alliance, Brian was also chairperson the Mountmellick 1916-2016 Easter Commemoration Committee.
Brian becomes the 14th candidate to declare their intention to run for for the six seats available in Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick area.
He joins fellow independents Ollie Clooney, Ger Hogan, Brendan Phelan and James Kelly who will also run in the area.
Fine Gael’s Conor Bergin, Fergal Conroy, David Goodwin, John King, Fianna Fail’s Paddy Bracken, Seamus McDonald, Liam O’Neill, Declan Goode and Sinn Fein’s Lorna Holohan-Garry will also run.
The 2019 elections will be held in all local government areas of the Republic of Ireland on Friday, May 24 2019, on the same day as the 2019 European Parliament election.
Laois underwent a significant change for the 2014 Local Elections, when five areas changed to three and the overall number of seats was reduced from 25 to 19.