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The Week That Was: The Top 10 stories of the past seven days

1 – Portaoise Hospital ICU nurse calls on people to start wearing masks in public

An ICU nurse working in Portlaoise Hospital has called on members of the public to start wearing homemade masks when they are outside in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

2 – Laois Garda reminds businesses of their responsibility on social distancing as image of queue outside takeaway emerges

A Laois Garda has reminded businesses and people of their responsibility around physical and social distancing after an image of a large group of people queuing outside a takeaway in Portlaoise emerged tonight.

3 – Two women arrested following suspected money laundering operation in Laois

Gardaí arrested two women and seized a large sum of cash during an operation in Laois on Monday April 6.

4 – Young Laois man launches fundraiser for Mental Health Ireland in honour of late Dad

Darragh Hiney has shaved his head in memory of his dad Owen who he lost to suicide in February.

5 – Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman makes huge donation to ‘Do It For Dan’

Little Dan Donoher, the little man behind the ‘Do It For Dan’ fundraiser, has received €15,000 from Seamus Coleman.

6 – Former Laois footballer and son set to dye hair in aid of ‘Do It For Dan’

Billy Sheehan, who soldiered in the blue and white of Laois alongside Dan’s father Niall from 2009 to 2015, will bleach his hair blonde on Easter Sunday alongside his son Timmy.

7 – On The Frontline: Laois nurse on what it is like working in a COVID-19 ward during Coronavirus pandemic

Having graduated with a BSc in General Nursing from University College Dublin in December 2019, Aine, who is a daughter and sister of the McDonald’s who reach the final of Ireland’s Fittest Family in 2018, has now found herself in the middle of the biggest public health crisis in a generation just four months into her nursing career.

8 – WATCH: Laois Community turns out in force to celebrate much loved granny on 100th birthday

All of her family, friends and neighbours got into their cars and proceeded to drive past her house in a motorcade with balloons, streamers and loud beeping of their horns.

9 – Laois Gardai highlight some ‘unnecessary journeys’ encountered on Day 1 of Operation Fanacht

Operation Fanacht will see a large number of checkpoints taking place across Laois and Offaly from now and over the bank holiday weekend in order to support travel restrictions put in place to help flatten the curve and save lives.

10 – Gardai in Laois seize drugs worth more than half a million euro and detain three people

The seizures took place following searches in the Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Cannabis, herbal cannabis, cocaine, prescription tablets and a large amount of drug paraphernalia were recovered.

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