John Leahy

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Former Renua leader and Independent councillor John Leahy has claimed plans for a new direct-provision centre in Tullamore, Co Offaly, would discriminate against “ordinary citizens”.

The Department of Justice has denied an Offaly councillor’s claims that asylum seekers are “leapfrogging” other people on social housing lists or that(...)

Speaking after his election in Laois-Offaly, Brian  Stanley of Sinn Féin said his first preferred option on the formation of the next administration “would be to form a left-wing government”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s vote surge continued in the Laois-Offaly constituency when its candidate Brian Stanley was elected on the first count with a surplus of 5,(...)

Barry Cowen is considered a safe bet for a seat. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Laois-Offaly (five seats) In 2016, candidates were elected for the two separate constituencies of Laois and Offaly, each with three seats. It has now(...)

John Leahy in action against Kilkenny in the 1991 All-Ireland hurling final. It was to be the only time Leahy faced Kilkenny in the final during his long career. Photograph: Inpho

‘I hurled to get away from life, I think,” John Leahy says of days that were wilder in every sense. On a low-slung afternoon in Kilkenny city, few wou(...)

Irish presidential runner-up Peter Casey: made no attempt to meet any Travellers as he didn’t want to “invade their privacy”. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

This much is agreed. In a housing crisis, the matter of the rejected council houses in Tipperary is infuriating. In fact, such rejections are infuriat(...)

Peter Casey has threated to set up a new party called New Fianna Fáil. Photograph: PA

Peter Casey must first become an elected public representative if he wishes to seek the leadership of Renua, the party has said in answer to reports t(...)

Peter Casey received his highest support nationally in Tipperary – the constituency where  he criticised a number of Traveller families for refusing to accept offered council houses. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

John Leahy, leader of the Renua party and a member of Offaly County Council, believes he lost 300 votes in his home-town of Kilcormac when he was wron(...)

When the huge poster was unveiled on Tuesday, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin posed happily beside it.  Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

While Sinn Féin may be dithering over whether or not to move a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing, the selfie-loving minister has no (...)

Renua’s John Leahy: “In 20 years’ time in this country you will see very few ‘disability kids’, kids with Down syndrome.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Offaly-North Tipperary constituency has returned a Yes vote in the referendum with 58 per cent of voters favouring repeal. The constituency is ho(...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has been appointed ‘co-ordinator’ of a group within Fine Gael which will campaign for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has been appointed “co-ordinator” of a group within Fine Gael which will campaign for the repeal of the Eighth Am(...)

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