Laois County Council

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Laois County Council

Comhairle Chontae Laoise
Coat of arms or logo
Thomasina Connell, FG
Laois County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fine Gael (7)
  •   Fianna Fáil (6)
  •   Sinn Féin (2)
  •   Labour Party (1)
  •   Independent (3)
Last election
24 May 2019
I bpáirt leis an bpobal (Irish)
"In partnership with the community"
Meeting place
Laois County Council, 2021-07-21, 02.jpg
Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise
The area governed by the council

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.[1] After the courthouse became inadequate, a purpose-built facility, known as County Hall (Irish: Áras an Chontae) was built in May 1982.[2][3][4]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Laois County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[5]

Municipal District and LEA Definition Seats
Borris-in-OssoryMountmellick 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[edit]

Party Seats
Fine Gael 7
Fianna Fáil 6
Sinn Féin 2
Labour 1
Independent 3

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[6]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Borris-in-OssoryMountmellick Paddy Bracken Fianna Fáil
James Kelly Independent
Séamus McDonald Fianna Fáil
John King Fine Gael
Ollie Clooney Independent
Conor Bergin Fine Gael
Graiguecullen–Portarlington Pádraig Fleming Fianna Fáil
Aidan Mullins Sinn Féin
Tom Mulhall[a] Fine Gael
Paschal McEvoy Fianna Fáil
Ben Brennan Independent
Aisling Moran Fine Gael
Portlaoise William Aird Fine Gael
John Joe Fennelly Fianna Fáil
Caroline Dwane Stanley Sinn Féin
Catherine Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Noel Tuohy Labour
Mary Sweeney[a] Fine Gael
Thomasina Connell Fine Gael
  1. ^ a b Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Fine Gael Tom Mulhall Graiguecullen–Portarlington Retirement January 2021 P. J. Kelly
Fine Gael Mary Sweeney Portlaoise Retirement January 2022 Barry Walsh

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Kilkenny County Council. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Our town c. 1850 - 2000". Portlaoise Pictures. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Survey of Architectural Heritage of Port Laoise" (PDF). Laois County Council. 1 December 2008. p. 17. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ "1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald loses out to Paddy Lalor for Europe". Laoise Today. 24 May 2019. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. ^ "County of Laois Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". Irish Statute Book. 19 December 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Local Elections 2019: Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics" (PDF). Prepared by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 June 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.

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