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New footpath and pedestrian crossing approved for busy road near Laois GAA ground

A brand new footpath and a controlled pedestrian crossing are set to be constructed on a busy road near a Laois GAA ground.

The Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Catherine Fitzgerald, confirmed the news this morning.

The new footpath is set to be installed near Portlaoise GAA’s grounds in Rathleague.

It will start at Adams Garage and link up with the existing footpath from Summerhill Junction.

There will then be a pedestrian crossing erected near the GAA grounds.

She said: “The footpath will be installed from Adams Garage to link up with the existing footpath from Summerhill Junction and continue out to Portlaoise GAA grounds.

“It is also proposed to install a B1 Controlled Pedestrian crossing within close proximity to the side entrance gateway to the GAA grounds at the end of the existing pathway.

“I am delighted with these new safety measures for Rathleague.

“When restrictions ease, I really look forward to seeing children being safely able to go to the pitch.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.