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New scheme aimed at increasing outdoor dining capacity in Laois launched

A new scheme aimed at boosting the hospitality sector across Laois by developing and increasing their outdoor seating capacity has been launched. So says Fine...

A political convention like no other as Fine Gael candidates make...

In normal times the Fine Gael delegates from around the county would have gathered in a hotel function room or a community hall. There would...

Fine Gael members to have their say as two names confirmed...

Fine Gael members in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District will convene on Monday evening for a virtual convention to hear from the candidates in the...

Contest for Fine Gael seat down to two candidates as former...

The internal battle in Fine Gael for the Laois County Council seat vacated by Tom Mulhall has been reduced to two candidates following the...

Three names in the hat as contest expected for vacant Fine...

Three names have emerged as candidates to fill the Laois County Council seat left vacant following the retirement of Fine Gael's Emo-based councillor Tom...

Death occurs of former Monasterevan councillor and Kildare County Council chairman

The death has occurred of Pat Hyland, a former long-serving Fine Gael councillor in Monasterevan and chairman of Kildare County Council. Mr Hyland of Oghill...

Tanaiste Varadkar and Laois County Councillors pay tribute to Tom Mulhall...

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and a host of Laois County Councillors have paid tribute to Tom Mulhall as his resignation was officially tendered at this...

Warm tributes as Tom Mulhall calls time on political career

There have been warm tributes paid to retiring Fine Gael councillor Tom Mulhall, who announced his decision on Friday to step down from political...

Laois County Councillor resigns his seat citing health reasons

Laois County Councillor Tom Mulhall has tendered his resignation for health reasons. The Fine Gael politician, who comes from Emo, has stepped down from the...

Martin Heydon on dealing with social media attention and the importance...

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

Uber in Laois? Proposal to establish ‘lift-sharing’ service receives support

Anyone who has travelled to Europe or further afield is likely to have used an Uber to get from one destination to another. Essentially, Uber...

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

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...

Talking Politics Politics: Martin Heydon on his Laois links, introduction to...

Martin Heydon, a Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, is our latest guest on the LaoisToday...

Deputy Flanagan leads the tributes as long-serving Fine Gael activist and...

Deputy Charlie Flanagan has led the tributes following the death of Dave Conroy from Derrycloney, Mountmellick, a long-time supporter of Fine Gael and a...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy on her time as a TD, a possible Senate...

By the very nature of General Elections, there will be winners and losers. The one that the public see is the candidates themselves. They put...

‘Vicious personal campaign’ didn’t deter Flanagan as he gets elected for...

Outgoing Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan says that the 'vicious personal' attacks that he was subjected to over the last number of weeks did...