FINE GAEL Presidential candidate, Gay Mitchell stressed his relationship and ties with Laois and the midlands during a late afternoon visit to Portlaoise last Friday. Flanked by National Director of Elections, Charlie Flanagan, and TD Majella Corcoran-Kennedy, Mr Mitchell conducted a walk around through both shopping centres in the town, in a meet and greet with early evening shoppers.
He highlighted his family’s connections with Edenderry, where he had spent sometime and enthused about the reception on the ground. “I have met people here today who worked in Guinness and who knew my family growing up.
For Dublin native Pat Wheeler, the sight of Mr Mitchell in the Laois Shopping Centre, brought back memories of his own childhood and time in Dublin. “I knew his late brother, Jim well. Originally I’m from North King Street. We were all poor then. It’s good to see him here.”
Mr Mitchell was joined by his wife, and local Cllrs including Marty Phelan, John Moran and Kathleen O’Brien. Ireland East MEP, Mairead McGuinness was also present.
Mr Mitchell concluded his visit via a step onto the Town Link bus, where he met local commuters. He thanked the local volunteers. “We have a good organisation here in Laois-Offaly and I want to thank everyone for their support.”