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Former Local Election candidate selected to serve on County Council committee

Naeem Iqbal (Centre) with supporters in St Mary's Hall

A former Local Election candidate has been selected to serve on a committee of Laois County Council.

Naeem Iqbal will represent the Laois Public Participation Network on the Laois Local Community Development Committee.

The LCDCs key function is to achieve a more strategic, joined up approach to local and community development.

Mr Iqbal replaces Paddy Buggy who’s term has come to an end.

The nomination was confirmed at Monday’s meeting of Laois County Council after Mr Iqbal was proposed by Cllr John Joe Fennelly and seconded by Cllr John King.

Cllr Fennelly said: “I have gotten to know Naeem Iqbal since the Local Elections and he is a very fair man.

“He’ll be a huge addition to that committee and I welcome the appointment.”

Naeem Iqbal was born and raised in Pakistan before living in Sweden, England and now Ireland, since 2015.

Naeem, who lives in Borris-In-Ossory, is an accountant and is ran as an Independent candidate in the local elections in the Portlaoise area in 2019.

He ended up finishing eight in the contest after a scrap for the sixth seat between him, Renua’s Dom Dunne and Fine Gael’s Thomasina Connell – the latter of which was the winner.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.