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‘This was a mistake by Brian Stanley and one that will not be repeated’

Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley won't be removed as chairman of the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), according to party leader Mary Lou...

‘Wholly inappropriate’ but key Sinn Féin TD rules out further action in relation to...

One of Sinn Féin's most high-profile TDs has described Brian Stanley's tweet in relation to the IRA attacks on the British army as "wholly...

The ‘surreal experience’ of winning an election during lockdown

When you think of elections and the subsequent count, it's usually the happy scenes of celebration that come to mind first. But for Mark Wall,...

Laois TD apologises for ‘inappropriate’ Tweet as DUP leader Foster hits out

Laois TD Brian Stanley has issued an apology over a Tweet he posted - which he has since deleted. On Saturday, the Sinn Fein Deputy...

Planning for the next General Election but Labour Party ‘have to get back to...

Labour Party Senator Mark Wall says he hopes to contest the next General Election, whenever that may be - but he says the party...

Green Party appoints three local area representatives for Laois

The Green Party have selected three representatives - one for each of the local electoral areas in Laois. Sean McManus will represent Portlaoise, John Holland...

‘Sometimes I’ll have to pinch myself. This is actually what it is. Yes, you’re...

Though it's not unprecedented it is unusual for a Senator to be appointed to a ministerial role. When Pippa Hackett was appointed as a 'Super...

‘It can’t be either farming or nature, it has to be both – they...

There has rarely been a political career that has been so meteoric. A couple of years ago, Pippa Hackett wasn't even a member of a...

Martin Heydon on dealing with social media attention and the importance of family life

They say a politician is rarely off duty and the explosion in social media use over the past ten years has made that even...

Teaming up with the Rural Independents and turning down Aontú – Carol Nolan happy...

On the face of it, it's a strange arrangement. Laois-Offaly TD Carol Nolan, a young female TD and a former primary school principal, teaming up...

Weekend Read: How a freak sports injury sent Martin Heydon off on his political...

Shortly before Martin Heydon did his Leaving Cert in the Cross and Passion school in Kilcullen, he got injured playing football in school. The rib...

New wing of political party emerges in Laois and aims to contest 2024 Local...

A new wing of an existing political party has received 'full accreditation' and hopes to field candidates in Laois to contest the 2024 Local...

‘I don’t regret it for a minute’ – Carol Nolan on her decision to...

Laois-Offaly Independent TD Carol Nolan says she has absolutely no regrets over how she left the Sinn Féin party in 2018 over her stance...

Weekend Read: First election success and media relations – Brian Stanley on his big...

In the middle of 2010, the Sinn Féin party knew a General Election was going to come sooner rather than later and as Fianna...

‘We need to be wide awake to this’ – Portlaoise Hospital needs certainty

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley is appealing for a concrete plan to be put in place to secure the services in Portlaoise Hospital,...

Sean Fleming, Lemass and early General Election memories

What's talked about at a family kitchen table can have such long-lasting, lifetime influences. In the Fleming's home place in The Swan, political talk was...

Charlie Flanagan among the new directors of cross-border peace-keeping charity Co-operation Ireland

Long-serving Laois Fine Gael TD and former Minister Charlie Flanagan has been appointed as a director of Co-operation Ireland, a charity that promotes and...

‘Public health and safety is the first priority – the second priority is getting...

Getting people back to work "is ten times more important" than worrying how the country repays the debt brought on to fund the extensive...

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...

Special measures needed for midlands businesses say local TDs as Laois, Offaly and Kildare...

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley as well as Kildare and Offaly Fianna Fáil representatives Barry Cowen, James Lawless and Fiona O'Loughlin are calling...

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...

Election Memories from the 1990s – Gallagher rides the Labour wave on the ‘Spring...

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on LaoisToday in the run up to this year's General Election. The general elections of the 1990s were...

Lack of medical card cover for workers raised by Brian Stanley in the Dáil

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has has said that "some simple changes to the current system will make a major difference to people's...

‘Chaotic’ start to Government says Mary Lou McDonald on visit to Portlaoise

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has described the new Government as "chaotic" since they have taken power. Speaking after she visited Portlaoise yesterday to...

Brian Stanley set to chair high-profile Public Accounts Committee

Laois TD Brian Stanley may not have been appointed as a Sinn Féin front bench spokesperson but he has been appointed as the chairman...

Portlaoise Hospital services need to be secured by new Government, says Stanley

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called on the new Government to commit to a plan that "gives certainty regarding the emergency department...

Profile: Steeped in Fianna Fáil, long-serving Laois TD appointed a Minister of State

Long-serving Laois Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming has been appointed a Minister for State at the Department of Finance. Deputy Fleming’s elevation to the Junior...

My Life in Politics: Thomasina Connell on early memories, hectic schedule and the difference...

Our latest My Life in Politics interviewee is Portlaoise-based Fine Gael councillor Thomasina Connell. She first arrived on the political scene in 2016 when she ran in...

‘We need to stand up to online bullying’ says Laois politician

Portlaoise-based solicitor Thomasina Connell says that people "need to stand up to online bullying" and that the "constant abuse of elected reps" will turn...

No Junior Minister for Laois as Fleming overlooked – but Agriculture post for Martin...

Laois Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming hasn't been included among the party's Junior Ministers following the announcement of those roles today. A TD since 1997...