AT LEAST two Flanagans will contest the next general election in Laois/Offaly.
Former councillor Pauline Madigan announced that she is changing her name to Flanagan “with immediate effect”.
Madigan is Pauline’s maiden name and she’s been married to Gerry Flanagan for the past 22 years.
She says the name change “was primarily romantic” but admits that it was “also politically motivated”.
Explaining the reason behind her name change, she said: “After losing the local elections, one of the reasons cited was not having a connection to the local area.
“I am actively involved in various local community initiatives such as local schools and the GAA. A lot of people did not make the connection between me and my husband, a secondary school teacher, or with my son Frank Flanagan, who is actively involved with Portlaoise and Laois football and hurling. My grandfather-in-law Denis Coogan also lived on the Main Street in Portlaoise.”
Ms Flanagan lost the council seat she held for one year in the local elections last May, having been co-opted following the death of long-serving councillor Jerry Lodge.
The other Flanagan that has thrown his hat into the ring is, of course, justice minister Charlie Flanagan.