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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...

‘Government does not represent change’ says Laois Sinn Fein TD

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley says “the new Government led by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil does not represent the change that people...

New Cathaoirleach elected to lead Laois County Council for the next 12 months

Catherine Fitzgerald has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council. The Fianna Fáil councillor was elected at today’s monthly meeting of the...

My Life in Politics: Caroline Dwane-Stanley on visiting Long Kesh, local government issues and...

Sinn Féin's rise at a national level has been mirrored somewhat in Laois. The party won their first Dáil seat in the 1997 General Election...

‘I would love to see Sinn Féin leading an alternative left Government’ says Laois...

Portlaoise-based Sinn Féin county councillor Caroline Dwane-Stanley says she would love to see her party leading an "alternative left Government" in the future. And she...

New Government cabinet announced – but no Laois involvement

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has unveiled his new Government cabinet, an historical appointment that sees six ministerial positions for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and...

Government finally formed as Micheal Martin to become Taoiseach until end of 2022

After almost five months since the country voted in the General Election, we now have a new Government and new Taoiseach. Yesterday, members of Fine...

Calls for a new road to link Stradbally and Dublin Roads in Portlaoise

Portlaoise-based councillor Catherine Fitzgerald has called for Laois County Council to give serious consideration to connecting the Dublin Road and Stradbally Road in the...

Local Fianna Fail representatives largely in favour of Programme for Government

By the end of the week, we should know whether or not we will have a new government in place. Members of Fianna Fail, Fine...

Mixed views among Fine Gael’s elected representatives in Laois on Government formation

There are varied views among Fine Gael elected representatives in this area about the proposed Programme for Government that would see a coalition formed...

New chairpersons elected to Municipal Districts – as Sinn Féin councillor labels exclusion as...

Cllr Thomasina Connell and Cllr Aisling Moran have been elected the new chairpersons of their respective Municipal Districts, following the AGMs in Laois County...

‘A Government led by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – no matter who they’re...

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has said that the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party is...
Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin chats to Sean Fleming at the party's dinner dance in the Castle Arms in Durrow

Micheal Martin set to be next Taoiseach as government formation talks near an end

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is set to become the next Taoiseach as a coalition government between his party, Fine Gael and the Greens...

Pandemic payment will count towards pension, assures Laois TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly, Seán Fleming, says he has received clarification in Dáil Éireann that people in receipt of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment...

My Life in Politics: Seamus McDonald on early memories, busy life as a councillor...

Seamus McDonald is Fianna Fáil’s longest-serving county councillor in Laois, the Rosenallis man first having been elected in 1985. Indeed only current Cathaoirleach Willie Aird of Fine...

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

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...

100 years ago this weekend, Laois’s longest-serving TD Oliver J Flanagan was born

Elected for the first time at the age of 23, before going on to serve 44 years in the Dáil, this weekend marks the...

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

A year on, we look back at the drama of last year's Local Elections in Laois. This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday on the...

My Life in Politics: James Kelly on election memories, Tony Gregory and why local...

James Kelly is an independent county councillor from Mountrath and was first elected to Laois County Council in 2014, before retaining his seat comfortably...

Councillors ‘should be given the power to tackle local problems’

Laois County Councillor James Kelly has said that local representatives should have more power to deal with problems in their area. The Mountrath-based councillor, speaking...

My Life in Politics: Aisling Moran on canvassing, helping people and why the HSE...

Aisling Moran, who is a Fine Gael councillor for the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District, is the latest to feature on our Life in Politics interview. Though...

‘Health services should be controlled by local government’ says Laois county councillor

Laois County Councillor Aisling Moran has said that the health services should be controlled by local government and that the HSE needs to reformed. Speaking...

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...

My Life in Politics: Aidan Mullins on early influences, a slow system and why...

My Life in Politics is a new weekly series on LaoisToday where we will chat with various local politicians - both past and present. First...

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...

Minister Flanagan says Fine Gael and Fianna Fail coming together is ‘to be welcomed’

Laois TD and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the coming together of his own party, Fine Gael, and Fianna Fail in a...

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...

Laois Labour party representatives welcome election of new leader

Tipperary's Alan Kelly was elected as the new leader of the Labour Party after defeating colleague Aodhan O Ríordáin in a contest on Friday. Kelly,...