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

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...

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...

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...

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...

BREAKING: Ireland set to get new government as Fine Gael, Fianna...

139 days after the country went to the polls to vote in the General Election - it finally looks like we will have a...

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...

Micheal Martin set to be next Taoiseach as government formation talks...

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

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

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...

Minister Flanagan says Fine Gael and Fianna Fail coming together is...

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

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

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 elected to the Seanad

Former Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin has won a seat on the Administrative panel in the Seanad after the 13th count. The results...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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

Horse with strong Laois connections scoops €78,000 in Cheltenham

A horse with strong Laois connections scooped €78,000 at Cheltenham this afternoon. Ronald Pump finished second in the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle today - the...

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...

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...

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

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...

Cowen labels Sinn Fein vote a ‘costly punt’ by voters

Laois-Offaly Fianna Fail candidate Barry Cowen has labelled the huge surge in Sinn Fein support as a 'costly punt'. Mr Cowen, who is well placed...

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

So you think the political landscape is fragile, fractured and fragmented – well you clearly weren’t around in the 1980s. The 80s, the decade that...

Sean Fleming – Looking for your Number 1 vote in this...

Sean Fleming, from the Swan in Laois, has been a TD since 1997. Educated in the Swan NS and Heywood College in Ballinakill, he did...

Pauline Flanagan reflects on her first ever General Election canvass

Pauline Flanagan, one of Fianna Fáil’s general election candidates in Laois/Offaly today and the only female candidate in Laois, has taken time out to...

On the Canvass: Pauline Madigan and a tale of two Flanagans

Some people will do anything to get elected. Pauline Madigan even changed her name. Pauline, as we all call her anyway, is now Pauline Flanagan. It’s...

On the Canvass: For Seán Fleming’s campaign every day is a...

We’re in Clogh. Clogh, Ballacolla. This is farming country. Fields, cows and sheds everywhere you look. Seán is biding his time. A man in a big...

Pauline Flanagan seeking breakthrough success as she launches election campaign

Pauline Flanagan is seeking a number of firsts in the upcoming General Election - as she bids not only to be the first female...

Big battle in store in Kildare South as Laois and Offaly...

This day three weeks we'll almost certainly be near the end of the General Election count - and from a Laois point of view...