Labour rift healing

LAOIS OFFALY Labour General Election Candidate John Whelan has said he now has the backing of a Tullamore Labour councillor.

LAOIS OFFALY Labour General Election Candidate John Whelan has said he now has the backing of a Tullamore Labour councillor.

“Last night I received the support and best wishes from Tullamore Labour Councillor Lar Byrne who is now fully behind our campaign to regain a Labour set in Laois-Offaly for the first time since Pat Gallagher was elected in 1992 - so we will be spanning a 20 year gap if we are successful this week,” said Mr Whelan.

“As we speak our campaign has three separate canvass teams working flat out in Tullamore, Edenderry and throughout Laois,” said Mr Whelan.

He said based on the positive response Labour are getting on the doorstep throughout the constituency they are now quietly confident that Labour will win a seat in the constituency in Friday’s election.

“I believe that this is important to ensure a stable, balanced and fair Government representative of the broader community and a Government that will have the mandate from a large section of the Irish people. It is crucial that Labour are in Government to avoid a Fine Gael led administration propped up by unreliable independents which will hold the country to ransom and won’t last 12 months. Labour also strenuously oppose the sell off of strategic State companies such as the ESB, Bord na Mona, An Post and Coillte as is proposed by Fine Gael. If this is not prevented you will not be able to go for a walk in the Slieve Blooms without paying some private company and buying a ticket for the right to walk in the woods,” he concluded.