Polticial parties rally the troops for the election

Election 2016

Polticial parties rally the troops for the election

General Election canvassing gets into full swing this week with the launch of three campaigns.

First out of the blocks, this Tuesday, January 12 is Sinn Féin.

The party's vice-president, Mary Lou McDonald will be in Portlaoise to launch Brian Stanley's campaign to retain a seat in the new Laois South Kildare consituency.

The launch will be held in The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise at 8pm

Later in the week two high profile Labour Party politicians will help launch Senator John Whelan's second tilt at becoming a TD.

Former Labour minister Ruairí Quinn and the party's newest senator Mairia Cahill will be in O'Loughlin's Hotel in Portlaoise to help launch his campaign.

The event takes place on Thursday, January 14 at 8pm.

On Friday night it is the turn of the biggest party in the country to rally the troops.

Fine Gael is the only party running two candidates in the shape of outgoing TD and Minister, Charlie Flanagan and first time candidate Tomasina Connell.

The launch will take place in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel at 8pm on Friday, January 15. A guest speaker will be attending and both candidates will be speaking on the night.

Fianna Fáil will be the last of the big parties to have an official launch.

The party heads to Durrow on Saturday night, January 30 when the party will hope to energise the rank and file behind its sole candidate and outgoing TD Sean Fleming at 9pm in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow.

So far just six candidates have entered the race to represent the new three seat constituency.

Sinead Moore will run for the Green Party and is due to launch this month.