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    Portlaoise: Mulligan breaks through, Tuohy holds on, Connell loses out and Skies oer Ballyroan

    Portlaoise: Mulligan breaks through, Tuohy holds on, Connell loses out and Skies oer Ballyroan

    The most impressive breakthrough performance in this Local Election campaign in Laois was that of Independent candidate Tommy Mulligan.
    He took the third seat in Portlaoise, with outgoing Fine Gael candidate Thomasina Connell the one to lose out.
    Marie Tuohy was also a considerable success story as she held on to the seat she was co-opted into, impressively picking up a raft of transfers from across the board. Naeem Iqbal had polled strongly initially to be only eight votes behind Tuohy on the first count.
    We look back at the count in detail as well as hearing from Tommy Mulligan (Independent), Naeem Iqbal (Fianna Fail), Catherine Fitzgerald (Fianna Fail), John Joe Fennelly (Fianna Fail), Marie Tuohy (Labour) and Barry Walsh (Fine Gael).
    Plus, this episode plays out with an airing of the Skies oer Ballyroan, the famous Ballyroan song which gets an airing on big moments for that community as it did on this occasion when their man Barry Walsh was elected. 

    • 53 min
    Reflecting on the gripping contest in Graiguecullen-Portarlington

    Reflecting on the gripping contest in Graiguecullen-Portarlington

    There's always one area that throws up an election thriller.
    And this year it was in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District where Fine Gael candidates PJ Kelly and Vivienne Phelan slugged it out for the final seat.
    After the first count Kelly was 191 votes ahead but the transfer-friendly Phelan eat into that lead bit by bit before final getting in front following the distribution of Aisling Moran's surplus.
    As well as looking back over the count, we hear from Vivienne Phelan, PJ Kelly, Aisling Moran (Independent), Joey Kennedy (Fianna Fail) and Aaron Kelly (Sinn Fein).
    All interviews were recorded in the Count Centre so may contain references to upcoming counts, which now have been completed.

    • 38 min
    Looking back on the battle in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick

    Looking back on the battle in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick

    Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick have returned the same six candidates to Laois County Council in this year's Local Elections.
    But there is still a lot to talk about. Conor Bergin's massive vote, the enduring vote-getting ability of Fianna Fail duo Seamus McDonald and Paddy Bracken and how Paddy Buggy missed out on a seat despite a huge first preference showing.
    As well as looking back on the count, we hear from successful candidates Conor Bergin (Fine Gael), James Kelly (Independent), Ollie Clooney (Independent), Seamus McDonald (Fianna Fail) and Paddy Bracken (Fianna Fail) plus Paddy Buggy (Fine Gael) and Fintan Cuddy (Fianna Fail) who lost out.
    All interviews were recorded in the Count Centre so may contain references to upcoming counts, which now have been completed.

    • 40 min
    Conor Bergin, James Kelly, Ollie Clooney, John Joe Fennelly, Joey Kennedy, Aaron Kelly and John Moloney

    Conor Bergin, James Kelly, Ollie Clooney, John Joe Fennelly, Joey Kennedy, Aaron Kelly and John Moloney

    Day 2 of the 2024 Local Elections in Laois are ongoing and we now finally have a few results. 
    Before the first count was announced, Alan Hartnett joined Steven Miller. 
    The pair reflected on the first two days of the Local Elections and what has, or hasn't, happened thus far. 
    And Steven also caught up with a number of the candidates who are contesting seats. 
    Independent James Kelly was up first as he looks set to be re-elected in the Borris-In-Ossory-Mountmellick area. 
    We are also joined by fellow Independent candidate Ollie Clooney who is likely to do the same in the same area. 
    Fianna Fail's John Joe Fennelly is in a similar position in the Portlaoise area and gives his thoughts. 
    Aaron Kelly (Sinn Fein) and Joey Kennedy (Fianna Fail) are unlikely in Graiguecullen-Portarlington and they speak about their experience. 
    Former Fianna Fail TD John Moloney also joins in on the episode. 

    • 48 min
    What are tallies? How does PR work? What's the quota? Local Elections in Laois explained

    What are tallies? How does PR work? What's the quota? Local Elections in Laois explained

    We are one day out from voting in the 2024 Local and European Elections with excitement and anticipation building in equal measure. 
    So, Alan Hartnett and Steven Miller are here to explain all of the terminology and jargon that you are going to hear over the next few days. 
    What are tallies? Who are tallymen (and women) and how do they do their work?
    What is the quota? How it is calculated and what happens when a candidate reaches it?
    How does Proportional Representation work? How are the votes that you cast, in preferential order, allocated?
    Alan and Steven also discuss each of the three areas in Laois, how many candidates are in each and how many seats are available. 

    • 46 min
    10 minutes with John King (Fine Gael) - Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick

    10 minutes with John King (Fine Gael) - Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick

    John King from Rathdowney has been a Fine Gael councillor since 2009 when he was elected at the third time of asking having missed out in 1999 and 2004. Born and raised in Errill, he moved to Rathdowney when he started working and he discusses his varied career - as a butcher, school caretaker, and fireman while he also farms. He chats about some of the work he is proud of over his 15 years as a councillor and what he'd like to get done if he's re-elected. 

    • 11 min

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