Thursday, June 06, 2019

ANOTHER pact between Fine Gael (FG) and Fianna Fáil (FF) is on the cards for the next five years in Laois.

With a combined total of 13 out of 19 seats on Laois County Council after last week’s local election results, the two biggest parties look set to renew their five-year deal until 2024.

Strong indications are that FG and FF members will renew their pact when the new council meets for the first time this Friday, 7 June. It is expected that the two main parties will again carve up chairmanships and vice-chairmanships of the county council, municipal district councils and sub-committees, including the top prize of county council cathaoirleach (chairman), which will be alternated annually.

Both FG and FF made approaches to Independents and the council’s sole Labour member last week in the wake of the local elections, which saw three sitting councillors lose their seats and four newcomers elected. However, the outcome is that neither FF nor FG is likely to share the spoils of local government with Labour and the three Independents, who hold the balance of power, and will instead renew the 2014-2019 deal that worked well for both parties over the past five years.

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By Carmel Hayes
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