Cllr Conor Bergin
Conor was elected as Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council in June 2021, and will hold that office for twelve months; he served as Leas-Chathaoirleach the previous year, 2020/21.
He was elected to the Council on his first outing in 2019 at the age of 25, representing the Borris-In-Ossory/Mountmellick district. He was born in Portlaoise, living in the town until moving to Borris-In-Ossory. His parents are from Borris-In-Ossory and Portlaoise originally. His father Ger, is well known locally as a retired Garda and his mother, Kathryn is a Teacher and Deputy Principal in St. Joseph’s National School, Borris-In-Ossory where Conor was educated.
He attended Roscrea Community College and University College Dublin, where he attained an Honours BA degree in History & Politics and Masters degree in Public Policy. He was actively involved in campus politics in UCD, serving as Chairperson of the UCD Young Fine Gael society.
Conor worked as a Political Assistant to Minister Charlie Flanagan TD from 2015 to 2020, based in his Constituency Office in Portlaoise. He worked with Minister Flanagan during his tenure in both the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Department of Justice & Equality.
He has also been actively involved locally in Borris-In-Ossory Tidy Towns/Community Development Association, Borris-In-Ossory Playground Project Committee and Laois Public Participation Network, serving as a member of the board of directors of Laois Partnership Company.
Conor’s priorities as a County Councillor include job creation in County Laois, promoting regional & rural development, greater investment rural transport & roads, provision of high-speed broadband, supporting community projects, supporting the agricultural sector and protecting important local Health services.
As a member of Laois County Council, Conor is Chairperson of a Strategic Policy Committee and he is also a member of the Joint Policing Committee, Local Community Development Committee and Rural Water monitoring Committee.
Conor is accessible at all times to constituents and holds regular clinics in the area, and he is also accessible in Deputy Flanagan’s Constituency Office in Portlaoise.