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Brand new Laois fire station moves step closer as approval for design team to be appointed

Stradbally Fire Station

A brand new Laois fire station has moved a step closer after approval for a design team to be appointed was given.

The latest development comes after Laois County Council approved a plan for the new station back in February.

The new fire station will be coming to Stradbally and it is to be established at the top of the town where the Civil Defence are currently based.

The existing fire station in Stradbally was built in 1954 and is outdated. Funding for the project has also been secured.

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Paschal McEvoy confirmed the news and hopes that things can progress quickly.

He said: “This is great news for Stradbally and the surrounding areas.

“Laois County Council have given the go ahead to appoint a Design Team to deign new Fire Station and construction will start as soon as design is agreed.

“I have been pushing this project for the last number of years.

“The team here in Stradbally do an incredible job and they deserve to have the best of facilities.

“The area that they cover is massive and the conditions that they are working in are difficult.

“So I hope now that the design team can be appointed quickly and that work can begin.”

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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.