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In Pictures: Looking back at the some of the great images from last year’s Local Elections

This time last year, we were all in the throes of the 2019 Local Elections.

In all it took a marathon three days of counting before the seats in Laois County Council were filled.

The count eventually came to a conclusion at about 11pm on Monday night, this day last year, when the final five seats were filled in an intense 30-minute spell of announcements with raucous scenes of jubilation and unbridled joy.

All the long spells of tedium were worth it for those moments of sheer exhilaration for the winning candidates and their friends, families and supporters.

There will be four new faces at the next Council election on June 7, changes in all three areas and a record five elected female councillors.

Portlaoise – 7 seats

  • Willie Aird (FG)
  • John Joe Fennelly (FF)
  • Caroline Dwane Stanley (SF)
  • Catherine Fitgerald (FF)
  • Noel Tuohy (Lab)
  • Mary Sweeney (FG)
  • Thomasina Connell (FG)

Graiguecullen-Portarlington – 6 seats

  • Padraig Fleming (FF)
  • Aidan Mullins (SF)
  • Tom Mulhall (FG)
  • Paschal McEvoy (FF)
  • Ben Brennan (IND)
  • Aisling Moran (FG)

Borris-Mountmellick – 6 seats

  • Paddy Bracken (FF)
  • James Kelly (Ind)
  • Seamus McDonald (FF)
  • Conor Bergin (FG)
  • John King (FG)
  • Ollie Clooney (Ind)

Here is a selection of Julie Anne Miller’s photos here.


Dom Dunne keeping an eye on the tallies in St Mary’s Hall on Saturday
Pauline Madigan and her family at the Count Centre in Portlaoise during this year’s Local Elections
David Goodwin with his son Robert and grand-children

John King, who was elected for Fine Gael in Rathdowney, with some of his supporters

Naeem Iqbal, a Pakistani native pictured here with his family, challenged for the final seat in the Portlaoise

Dom Dunne with a group of supporters
Paddy Bracken with a group of supporters at the Laois Local Election count
Seamus McDonald
Minister Charlie Flanagan with Portlaoise-based councillor Thomasina Connell

Conor Bergin pulled in a massive vote, helped in no small part by his local village Borris-in-Ossory

David Goodwin, Fine Gael, lost the battle to retain his seat in Borris-Mountmellick

Ollie Clooney – who got huge support from his native Durrow – with family members at the count centre
David Goodwin and former Fianna Fail TD John Moloney

Padraig Fleming and Tom Mulhall

SEE ALSO – New faces, departures and a crazy count – reflections on the 2019 Local Elections

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