Laois County Council

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
William Aird, FG
Political groups
Last election
24 May 2019
I bpáirt leis an bpobal  (Irish)
"In partnership with the community"
Meeting place
Áras an Chontae, Port Laoise


Originally meetings of Laois County Council were held in Port Laoise 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]


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).[5]

2019 seats summary

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

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
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 William 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

See also


  1. "About Us". Kilkenny County Council. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. "Our town c. 1850 - 2000". Portlaoise Pictures. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. "Survey of Architectural Heritage of Port Laoise" (PDF). Laois County Council. 1 December 2008. p. 17. 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. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. "2014 local elections – Laois County Council". Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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