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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...

‘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...