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Water and housing among the key council priorities in attempts to delay onset of Coronavirus

Laois County Council

Laois County Council have announced their key priorty areas in response to the most recent developments in trying to delay the widespread onset of Covid19 in the community and having regard to the impact of school closures and crèche closures in particular.

The Council’s priority is to ensure the health of the general public
whilst at the same time, given the emerging circumstances, to ensure the continuation of essential public services

The following core services will be maintained and given priority

  • Water Supply & Waste Water Treatment
  • Housing & Homeless Services
  • Fire & Emergency Services
  • Operation of Waste and Recycling Facilities
  • Road Maintenance and Traffic Safety

The following services are to be temporarily discontinued with immediate effect until further notice:

  • All public libraries
  • Motor Taxation Office, County Hall, Portlaoise
  • Housing Services Counter, County Hall, Portlaoise
  • Planning Services Counter, County Hall, Portlaoise
  • All community events supported and/or organised through the Council

Members of the public are encouraged to use online services for Motor Taxation, Planning & other business with the Council. Those seeking housing services or supports should do so through email or phone call appointments.

In relation to Planning, the public are asked to:

  • use our website to view applications
  • submit planning applications by post or hand deliver to our post box at County Hall
  • submit observations on planning applications by email or post and
  • phone or email in relation to other general queries

Telephone: (057) 8664039 Email: planning@laoiscoco.ie

Members of the public will be highly aware that the priority at this time and for the foreseeable future is to act in the interest of public health.

From time to time, therefore, over the next few weeks there will be a requirement on Laois County Council to re-assign staff and resources from less critical to more critical services including collaborating with and supporting the Health Service Executive as required.

The Housing Department can be contacted at (057) 8664000. The email addresses are as follows:

  • Maintenance – housingmtce@laoiscoco.ie
  • Homeless – homeless@laoiscoco.ie
  • HAP –hap@laoiscoco.ie
  • Applications – housingapplication@laoiscoco.ie
  • Estate Management – estatemanagement@laoiscoco.ie
  • Control of Horses – controlofhorses@laoiscoco.ie
  • Grants –housinggrants@laoiscoco.ie
  • Rents – housingrents@laoiscoco.ie
  • Loans – loanapplications@laoiscoco.ie
  • RAS – ras@laoiscoco.ie

The following is a list of contact numbers and email addresses for the cash office and motor taxation. 

  • Cash Office – 057 8664000 cashoffice@laoiscoco.ie
  • Motor Tax – 057 8674305 motortax@laoiscoco.ie www.motortax.ie

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