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How the power of prayer was the secret weapon to get...

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...

ELECTED: Outgoing Minister for Justice Flanagan returned on 10th count in...

Charlie Flanagan has been elected on the 10th count in the Laois-Offaly constituency having been put over the quota by his running mate Marcella...

John Whelan: This wasn’t a Sinn Féin surge, it was a...

A Sinn Fein surge, they say. Scratch that. This was a tsunami. A tsunami of support that swept away everything in its political path. Laois,...

GE2020 – a bluffer’s guide to the General Election in numbers

Today, Saturday, February 8 is polling day. Polling stations will remain open from 7am until 10pm tonight. Voters will elect 160 TDs across the country in...

Election Memories 1973 & 1977:  A Minister for Laois, Hall’s Pictorial...

The two General Elections of the 1970s were the first to be really contested in the full glare of the then relatively new-fangled gadget,...

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...

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...

Election Memories from the 1990s – Gallagher rides the Labour wave...

The general elections of the 1990s were in sporting parlance, a game of two halves, with a major incident in the tunnel as the...

2002 & 2007 Election Memories: The rise and fall of Parlon...

In the spring of 2002 Mary Harney courted farm leader Tom Parlon and won him over. She wiped the eye of Parlon’s other suitor, Michael...

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...

Pundit Ivan Yates predicts three Fianna Fáil seats for Laois-Offaly

Pulling no punches and certainly not hedging his bets the former bookie and Fine Gael TD and Minister Ivan Yates has  predicted that his...

In Pictures: A selection of classic images from the Laois-Offaly 2011...

There's something so classicly timeless about election count photos. And even though it's only nine years ago, the photos from the 2011 Laois-Offaly General Election...

John Leahy hoping to make it third time lucky in Laois-Offaly

Kilcormac based councillor, John Leahy is on the ballot for Laois-Offaly for the third time. He hopes he can make the breakthrough and get...

Election Memories: FF meltdown makes way for Stanley in Laois-Offaly in...

Have you seen the 1917 World War 1 movie? Well the 2011 General Election was something similar … for Fianna Fáil. They got slaughtered. The unprecedented...

John Whelan: The Ten Commandments – the top 10 election issues...

In 2016 the big issues on the doors, in the media and the hustings were unemployment, emigration, pay cuts, austerity cutbacks and the most...

Laois-Offaly General Election count confirmed for Portlaoise

The counting of votes for the Laois-Offaly Constituency in General Election 2020 will take place in Portlaoise. The premises being used for the count is...

Noel Tuohy steps into the election breach for Labour

In a dramatic late intervention the Labour Party will have a candidate running in Laois-Offaly after all. Cllr Noel Tuohy has confirmed that he has...

Election Diary: Greens move to mend fences as the IFA call...

Can the momentum in favour of the Greens reach the midlands and get behind their Laois-Offaly candidate, Senator Pippa Hackett? It’s a big ask in...

Laois-Offaly a totally different kettle of fish in 2020

General Election 2020 in Laois-Offaly is a whole new ball game and like no general election ever held before in this constituency. It is certainly...

John Whelan: Clendennen withdrawal marks another twist in Laois-Offaly general election...

There’s not a sign of a poster, or the hint of a date, much less a vote cast, but the drama surrounding the build-up...

Local candidate poised to win Senate seat

A local candidate is in pole position to win the upcoming Seánad bye-election. Cllr Pippa Hackett from Geashill and an Offaly County County Councillor having...

General Election Overview: The state of play in Laois-Offaly

Over a month has passed since this year’s Local Elections and with county councils around the country now back to the business, attention will...

Laois constituency to remain if General Election called

A snap election could put the reunification of the Laois/Offaly electoral constituency on hold. A spokesperson for the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government...

Deeply unpopular but constituency changes means Laois will be boring no...

Charlie Flanagan says it is "cackhanded", "inexplicable" and "wholly unsatisfactory". Sean Fleming says it is "most unfair" and "unjustified". Brian Stanley says they've "made...