Laois County Council
Laois County Council
Comhairle Chontae Laoise
Thomasina Connell, FG
|24 May 2019|
|I bpáirt leis an bpobal (Irish)|
"In partnership with the community"
|Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise|
Laois County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Laoise) is the authority responsible for local government in County Laois, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 19 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, John Mulholland. The county town is Portlaoise.
Originally meetings of Laois County Council were held in Portlaoise Courthouse. After the courthouse became inadequate, a purpose-built facility, known as County Hall (Irish: Áras an Chontae) was built in May 1982.
Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts
Laois County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.
|Municipal District and LEA||Definition||Seats|
|Borris-in-Ossory–Mountmellick||Aghmacart, Arderin, Ballybrophy, Ballyfin, Borris-in-Ossory, Brisha, Caher, Capard, Cappalough, Cardtown, Castlecuffe, Castletown, Clash, Clonaslee, Clonin, Clonmore, Coolrain, Cuffsborough, Cullahill, Dangans, Donaghmore, Donore, Dunmore, Durrow, Errill, Garrymore, Graigue, Grantstown, Kilcoke, Kildellig, Killermogh, Kilnaseer, Kyle, Kyle South, Lacka, Marymount, Meelick, Moneenalassa, Moneymore, Mountmellick Rural, Mountmellick Urban, Mountrath, Nealstown, OMoresforest, Rathdowney, Rathsaran, Rearymore, Rosenallis, Tinnahinch and Trumra.||6|
|Graiguecullen–Portarlington||Ardough, Arless, Ballickmoyler, Ballyadams, Ballybrittas, Ballycarroll, Ballylehane, Ballylynan, Barrowhouse, Curraclone, Doonane, Emo, Farnans, Fossy, Graigue Rural, Jamestown, Killabban, Kilmullen, Kilmurry, Luggacurren, Moyanna, Newtown, Portarlington South, Rathaspick, Rossmore, Sallyford, Shrule, Stradbally, Tankardstown, Timahoe, Timogue, Turra and Vicarstown.||6|
|Portlaoise||Abbeyleix, Ballinakill, Ballyroan, Blandsfort, Borris, Clondarrig, Clonkeen, Colt, Cullenagh, Dysartgallen, Kilcolmanbane, Portlaoighise Rural, Portlaoighise Urban, Raheen and Shaen.||7|
2019 seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.
|Council members from 2019 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Borris-in-Ossory–Mountmellick||Paddy Bracken||Fianna Fáil|
|Séamus McDonald||Fianna Fáil|
|John King||Fine Gael|
|Conor Bergin||Fine Gael|
|Graiguecullen–Portarlington||Pádraig Fleming||Fianna Fáil|
|Aidan Mullins||Sinn Féin|
|Tom Mulhall[a]||Fine Gael|
|Paschal McEvoy||Fianna Fáil|
|Aisling Moran||Fine Gael|
|Portlaoise||William Aird||Fine Gael|
|John Joe Fennelly||Fianna Fáil|
|Caroline Dwane Stanley||Sinn Féin|
|Catherine Fitzgerald||Fianna Fáil|
|Mary Sweeney[a]||Fine Gael|
|Thomasina Connell||Fine Gael|
|Fine Gael||Tom Mulhall||Graiguecullen–Portarlington||Retirement||January 2021||P. J. Kelly|
|Fine Gael||Mary Sweeney||Portlaoise||Retirement||January 2022||Barry Walsh|
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