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Laois County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae 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, Gerard Murphy. The county town is Port Laoise.

Laois County Council

Comhairle Contae Laoise
Coat of arms or logo
John King, FG
Laois County Council Composition.png
Political groups
Last election
23 May 2014
I bpáirt leis an bpobal  (Irish)
"In partnership with the community"
Meeting place
Áras an Chontae, Port Laoise
The area governed by the council



For the purpose of elections the county is divided into three local electoral areas: Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick (6), Graiguecullen-Portarlington (6) and Port Laoise (7).[1]

2019 seats summaryEdit

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

Councillors by electoral areaEdit

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[2]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Borris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick 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 Fine Gael
Paschal McEvoy Fianna Fáil
Ben Brennan Independent
Aisling Moran Fine Gael
Port Laoise Willie Aird Fine Gael
John Joe Fennelly Fianna Fáil
Caroline Dwane Stanley Sinn Féin
Catherine Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Noel Tuohy Labour Party
Mary Sweeney Fine Gael
Thomasina Connell Fine Gael

Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
Jerry Lodge Fianna Fáil Port Laoise Death of councillor in April 2018 July 2018 Pauline Madigan Fianna Fáil

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2014 local elections – Laois County Council". Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  2. ^ "2014 Local elections: Laois County Council". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.

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