Laois anti-water charge campaigner announces bid for local election

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois anti-water charge campaigner announces bid for local election

Social activist Brian Furlong from Mountmellick to seek seat as councillor for Mountmellick Borris-in-Ossory municipal district.

A new Laois local election candidate has thrown his hat in the ring.

Mountmellick man Brian Furlong has annnounced his intention to contest the local elections on May 24.

He will run for election as an independent county councillor in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District, where six seats are on offer.

Mr Furlong, a retired prison officer and formally a member of Sinn Féin, describes himself as a "long time community, environmental and political activist".

The Mountmellick native was a campaigner against water charges campaign in Laois. He has also been an active member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the Slieve Bloom Association and a prominent member of the local Game Preservation Association and Gun Club and was Chairperson the Mountmellick 1916-2016 Easter Commemoration Committee.

Below: Mr Furlong (second from left) helping clean up the Triogue river.