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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...

Local Fianna Fáil candidate Fiona O’Loughlin on course to be elected to the Seanad

Former Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O'Loughlin should be in the mix for one of the seven seats on the Administrative panel in...

Mark Wall elected to the Seanad after marathon count

The Labour Party's Mark Wall has been elected to the Seanad after taking the seventh of nine seats for the Industrial and Commercial Panel...

Local Labour candidate Mark Wall in strong position to win Seanad seat

Labour candidate Mark Wall is well in the mix to win a Seanad seat following a strong first preference showing. Wall, who polled strongly but...

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...

Pippa Hackett returns to the Seanad as voting concludes for the Agricultural panel

The Green Party's Pippa Hackett from Geashill has been elected to the Seanad, taking one of the 11 seats on the Agricultural vocational panel. Pippa,...

Laois-Offaly General Election 2020 candidate in the hunt for Seanad seat after 15 counts

The Seanad elections are ongoing at the moment and the counts for the different electoral districts are underway. A total of 43 senators will be...

Seanad Elections: Laois stud farm owner seeking to be a voice for rural Ireland

The Seanad Elections are like the under world of Irish politics. Senators have a lower profile, it's an incredibly complicated system and in ways the...

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...

Seanad Election: Fiona O’Loughlin on losing her seat – and hitting the campaign trail...

One of the shock results of the General Election last month saw Fianna Fáil's Fiona O'Loughlin lose her seat in Kildare South. She was the...

Seanad Elections: Local Labour candidate bidding to win seat after strong performance in General

Amid the wall-to-wall coverage of the Coronavirus outbreak, it would be easy to forget that there is actually a national election ongoing at the...

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...

Referendum Watch: How Laois-Offaly voted in the 1986 Divorce Referendum

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in the lead up the referendum that year on the 8th Amendment.  In less than a month, the...

Laois representatives decide against travelling to New York for St Patrick’s Day

Laois’s official representatives who were due to go to New York for St Patrick’s Day have pulled out of the trip amid the outbreak...

Sinn Féin membership surge in Laois following General Election 2020

Sinn Féin have seen a huge rise in membership nationally since the 2020 General Election - a surge that has also been experienced by...

Laois Ogra Fianna Fáil rejects coalition with Fine Gael

The youth wing of Fianna Fàil is opposed to the party entering a government coalition with Fine Gael. A statement by Laois Ógra PRO Jessica...

Explained: Who votes and how it works – five local candidates in the mix...

There a number of local candidates contesting for a seat in the Senate with nominations now closed and voting to commence later this month. Two...

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition the preferred option for Laois minister

Laois TD and the current Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan says it's his preference for his party Fine Gael to go into Government with...

LaoisToday columnist and journalist set to appear on popular RTE Radio 1 show

LaoisToday political columnist and journalist, John Whelan will appear on The Late Debate tonight, Wednesday, March 4. The RTE Radio 1 flagship current affairs programme...

Box by Box: How the Edenderry area voted in the 2020 General Election

Brian Stanley's utter dominance across the Laois-Offaly constituency was nowhere more evident than in the Edenderry Municipal District as he polled more first preferences...

In Pictures: Great excitement in Leinster House as TDs arrive for 33rd Dáil

Though there’s plenty of serious business ahead, there was an excitement around Leinster House throughout Thursday as the 33rd Dail sat for the first...

New Portalington TD Berry puts focus on Defence Forces and schools as Dail journey...

With numbers so tight in the arithmetic to form the next government, the votes of Independent TDs like Portarlington's Cathal Berry could be the...

Laois TD Stanley calls on Fianna Fail to stop ‘playing games’ and enter talks

Sinn Fein TD for Laois Brian Stanley has called on Fianna Fail to stop playing games and enter talks to form the next government. The...

Box by Box: How the Tullamore area voted in Offaly in the 2020 General...

Barry Cowen was the clear winner in the Tullamore Municipal District in this year's General Election as the tallies show he got over 4,300...

John Leahy on a mandate for change, his Renua years and a disappointing campaign

Defeated Laois-Offaly General Election candidate John Leahy has said that left-leaning parties have a mandate to form a Government and that their policies should...

Box by box: How the Birr-Ferbane area voted in Offaly in the 2020 General...

As the fallout continues from the 2020 General Election, we continue our look at how the Laois-Offaly constituency voted. Today we venture across the county...

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...

Box by Box: How the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick area voted in the 2020 General Election

Brian Stanley's dominance across the Laois-Offaly constituency, and in particularly in Laois, was again evident in the Borris-in-Ossory/Municipal District when he took in over...

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...

No regrets as Fianna Fail’s Peter Ormond reflects on election campaign

For Fianna Fail's Peter Ormond, last week's General Election was a new experience. Not only was it his first time going for the Dail, but...
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