By Denis J. Croke
There will be no change to the top table of Laois County Board following tonight’s County Convention.
The top two positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman were contested. Both were retained by the incumbents, Peter O’Neill and Tom Clear, respectively.
Mr O’Neill saw off the challenge of Kieran Leavy on a vote of 95-55. It was much closer in the race for Vice-Chairman where Mr Clear had just four votes to spare seeing off the challenge of Bryan Breen 77-73.
The Leinster Council Delegates will be PJ Kelly (68 votes) and Richie Kennedy (56) while former County Board Chairman Brian Allen received 15 votes. There were 11 spoiled votes.
So now there will be no changes to the outgoing Board as all other position were uncontested.
County Board 2021
Chairperson – Peter O’Neill
Vice Chairperson – Bryan Breen
Treasurer – Martin Byrne
Assistant Treasurer – Paschal McEvoy
Central Council Delegate – Gerry Kavanagh
Leinster Council Delegate) (2) – PJ Kelly and Richie Kennedy
Development Officer – Ger Slevin (Appointed)
Coaching Officer – Fergal Byron
Cultural and Irish Officer –Monica Delaney
PRO – Paul Dargan
Congress Delegates (5) – Chairman and secretary automatically attend; Martin Byrne, Brian Allen and Kieran Leavy
Leinster Convention Delegates (4) – Peter O’Neill, Niall Handy, PJ Kelly and Richie Kennedy