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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post and Prime Time. He is now part-owner of Communicate Ireland.

Weekend Read: Lar Lynch and the big white lie at the heart of the...

Lar Lynch was a fabled publican in the Market Square, or the Top Square as it’s more commonly known in Portlaoise. Just after 10 o’clock...

Election Memories: The turbulent 80s but Laois-Offaly resolutely remains Fianna Fáil country

This John Whelan piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in the run up to this year's General Election as part of our Election Memories series. So...

2002 & 2007 Election Memories: The rise and fall of Parlon and the PDs

This piece by John Whelan was published on LaoisToday in January of this year ahead of the 2020 General Election.  In the spring of 2002...

Meet the Laois man who’s been at more All Irelands than most of us...

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in September 2019 before the All Ireland football final replay and the National Ploughing Championships.  There is ‘Dad joke’...

1991 Election Memories: Liam Hyland champion of rural Ireland; Cathy Honan’s Senate term, the...

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on LaoisToday ahead of last year's Local Elections ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’, the more...

2009 Election Memories: End of the Bertie era, end of the PDs, demise of...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on May 12 2019. When Bertie Ahern won his hat-trick of general elections and was installed for his third...

1999 Election Memories: The count that ended up in court as Fianna Fáil glory...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on May 6 2019. If it’s nail-biting drama, excitement and intrigue you are looking for, forget about the Game...

1985 Election Memories: A Fianna Fáil landslide, first woman elected, some big casualties, and...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on April 22 2019. The local elections of 1985 in Laois were the most significant and dramatic in more...

2014 Election Memories: Carnage even before the off, FF and FG power sharing, a...

This piece by John Whelan originally featured on LaoisToday on April 28, 2019, ahead of the Local Elections. In the biggest blow to local government...

35 things we learned in the Coronavirus pandemic – 3 minute read … now...

With the world almost entirely shut down and unrecognisable from what it was just a couple of short weeks ago, John Whelan has put...

2004 Election Memories: No TDs, some PDs, a Sinn Féin breakthrough and a split...

This piece by John Whelan originally featured on LaoisToday on April 15 2019 ahead of last year's Local Elections. While the country was still basking...

Fond memories and warm tributes for renowned vintage enthusiast

There have been glowing tributes and fond memories recalled following the death of one of Portlaoise town’s most senior citizens. Joe Ryan from the Abbeyleix...

1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald...

Forty years ago in 1979 the first ever direct elections to the European Parliament were held in tandem with the local elections on June...

On yer bike – Laois gears up to improve safety and facilities for cyclists

Good news for cyclists and cycling enthusiasts in Laois this week as there are plans to increase and improve cycle lanes and other bike...

High speed broadband is coming at last – and a Laois man will deliver...

Sure, there have been lots of promises and lots of delays when it comes to high-speed broadband. But a solution seems finally in sight. The...

Manager invited to visit Laois town ‘some dark night’

It sounds ominous alright. But it’s not as sinister or salacious as it might first appear. But yes, the Chief Executive of Laois County Council, John...

Concerns over privacy at County Hall ‘confession boxes’ to be addressed

Serious concerns about how members of the public are treated in terms of privacy, dignity and confidentiality at the local authority offices at County...

Laois trip to the States for St Patrick’s Day to proceed despite detractors

An official trip to the United States by a small Laois delegation on the occasion of the St Patrick’s Day festivities is going ahead,...

Lots of opportunities for creative communities and schools in Laois this year

The Creative Ireland programme in Laois for 2020 is brimming with ideas on how to engage with communities. The aim is to continue to invite...

Leniency sought for ‘well meaning’ bottle bank offenders

The scenario. It’s the week or so after Christmas or New Years. You load up the wine, beer and mineral bottles in boxes in the boot...

Nuns praised for generous gift of convent site for social housing

Approval has been given for work to advance on a major new social housing development and ancillary services in the heart of Portlaoise town. The...

Sand bags, stress and sympathy but no quick solutions in sight for Laois flooding

Not surprisingly there have been a flood of concerns over flooding across Laois this week. Virtually non-stop rainfall and water-logged land have combined to put...

Disabled drivers the loo-sers due to inconvenience of new public convenience

While there is a generally warm welcome for the news that the public toilets in Portlaoise are to be finally renovated and re-opened, not...

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr gets down to business in Laois next weekend

The popular businessman, Dragon, entrepreneur and radio presenter, Bobby Kerr is in town next weekend. Bobby Kerr’s, ‘Your Town Your Main Street’ show has been...

John Whelan: Can the man they call AK47 be the one to save Labour

It is nothing if not ironic that the man that the Labour Party will most likely chose to save the day in the face...

How the power of prayer was the secret weapon to get Laois-Offaly TD back...

It might be pushing it a bit far to call it a miracle, but the re-election of one local TD last weekend was against...

The glorious Glimmermen all set for gig in Bergin’s in Portlaoise this weekend

This Valentine's weekend you can celebrate the love or contemplate the heartache with Glimmermen. The band play live at Bergin's, Portlaoise this Sunday, February 16...

‘Fianna Fáil got no mandate to govern ‘ says elected Seán Fleming

Seán Fleming believes that his party have no place in the next government following the results of the 2020 General Election. The Fianna Fáil TD,...

Seán Fleming returned to the Dáil for Fianna Fáil on final count

That Seán Fleming had to wait until the 11th and final count in Laois-Offaly to secure his seat in the 33rd Dáil is testament...

Count 8 drama in Kildare South with FF in the firing line

Kildare South is playing out as a bit of a nightmare for Fianna Fáil. Instead of securing a gain which they had targeted they are...