SINN Féin is hoping to double its representation on Laois County Council following the local elections on Friday 24 May.
At the launch of its election campaign last week, the party hopes that newcomers Lorna Holohan Garry and John Gormley can join sitting councillors Caroline Dwane Stanley and Aidan Mullins.
Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley and MEP Liadh Ní Riada were in attendance.
Cllr Dwane Stanley will attempt to retain her seat in the Portlaoise district and is hopeful that running mate John Gormley will also be successful. Cllr Mullins is contesting the Graiguecullen/Portarlington district, while Ms Holohan Garry hopes to take a seat in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick.
At the launch, the candidates said they will prioritise a range of issues, in particular Portlaoise hospital, housing, road improvements, road safety, broadband, community policing and climate change.