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My Life in Politics: Aidan Mullins on early influences, a slow...

My Life in Politics is a new weekly series on LaoisToday where we will chat with various local politicians - both past and present. First...

Closure of Covid-19 Hardship Fund ‘shows need for increased supports for...

A Laois TD says Government must do more for older people in wake of the Covid-19 Hardship fund closing yesterday, earlier than planned. Sinn Fein's...

Turf cutting given special exemption during Coronavirus

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley and Spokesperson on Rural Development has said turf cutting has been given a special exemption during the Coronavirus pandemic. The...

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...

Legislate against ‘unfair profiteering’ says Laois TD Stanley

Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called on the Government to intervene to outlaw a number of unfair practices appearing during the Covid-19...

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 TD Stanley calls on Fianna Fail to stop ‘playing games’...

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...

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: Patricia Ryan first to gain a seat in Kildare South

Sinn Fein's Patricia Ryan has been elected on the sixth count in the Kildare South constituency. She topped the poll last night but had to...

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,...

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...

ELECTED: Brian Stanley tops the poll in Laois-Offaly on first count

Brian Stanley has become the first person from the Laois-Offaly constituency to be elected to the 33rd Dail. The Sinn Fein candidate has topped the...

John Whelan: You could go on holidays and still get elected...

"You could go on holidays and still get elected for Sinn Féin," a shrewd political observer said to me during the week. It turns out...

Stanley states Sinn Fein will not be a ‘mudguard’ for other...

As in keeping with the huge increase in support for Sinn Féin nationally, Laois’s Brian Stanley is on course to top the poll in...

REVEALED: The final tallies from Laois-Offaly with Stanley expected to have...

Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley is set to break 16,000 votes and have almost 5,000 of a surplus, according to the final tallies compiled by...

Stanley to top the poll as Sinn Féin almost double vote...

Brian Stanley to increase vote by almost double  Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy to lose out Carol Nolan leads the way for fifth seat Sean Fleming,...

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...

Sinn Féin candidate on holidays during closing week of election campaign

A Sinn Féin candidate in the Kildare South constituency, which now takes in Portarlington, Killenard and Ballybrittas, has gone overseas on holidays at a...

On the Canvass: Cold night but warm reception as Brian Stanley...

It's a bitterly cold Tuesday evening in Portlaoise but the reception on the doorsteps for Sinn Féin General Election candidate Brian Stanley is overwhelmingly...

United Ireland a large focus as Sinn Féin launch election campaign

The 2020 General Election is fast approaching and Sinn Féin have just one representative in the Laois-Offaly constituency. Brian Stanley was the only TD in...

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...

Anger as elderly person forced to wait hours for ambulance to...

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley says the fact that an elderly person had to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive in Clonaslee...

Sinn Féin lambast Minister Flanagan on RIC event and call for...

Sinn Féin forces in Laois have lined up to blast local Minister Charlie Flanagan for his role in organising an official State event to...

Insurance rip off can’t be ignored any longer, says Laois TD...

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has said the "Government cannot ignore the rip off in insurance premiums any longer". This comes on the back...

Laois TD’s Dail vote to end state funding of Greyhound racing...

Laois/Offaly TD Brian Stanley called a vote in the Dáil yesterday afternoon to oppose horse racing and greyhound racing being given €86m of taxpayers’...

Differing opinions on Government’s Broadband deal for rural Ireland and taxpayers

Laois TD, Brian Stanley, has described the Government’s Broadband deal as the 'worst of all options' following the announcement that the contract is to...

Abbeyleix Hospital: No funding, no progress, and now further delays says...

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has spoken out over the lack of attention and the neglect of the Abbeyleix hospital. Deputy Stanley said: “Eight years...

Laois TD Stanley introduces beef transparency bill in the Dail

Laois-Offaly TD Brian Stanley has introduced Sinn Féin’s Beef Price Transparency Bill into the Dáil. As things stand meat processors do not have to share...

Gap between top and bottom earners must be closed – Brian...

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has called for the introduction of a Living Wage of €12.30 an hour. The Laois-Offaly TD was speaking in the...