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The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the last seven days

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1 – ‘Be warned – we are coming’ – Top Garda issues warning to those engaging in illegal activity at popular Laois tourist spot

A warning to those who are engaging in illegal and anti-social behaviour at the Slieve Bloom Mountains has been issued.

The Chief Superintendent of Laois, John Scanlan, says that Gardai are going to act to stamp out these activities.

2 – Gardai appealing for information following dangerous driving incident in Laois village

Gardai are appealing for information following a dangerous driving incident.

This occurred in Borris-In-Ossory and the surrounding area in a period of half an hour on Wednesday last.

A car was driven in an erratic fashion on the roads near Shanboe, Donaghmore, the Green Roads Bar, Borris In Ossory and St Patricks Terrace road.

3 – Reopening of pub serves as further marker of successful rural regeneration of a Laois village

A Laois village is undergoing a serious regeneration at present with a series of exciting projects happening.

Clough, located in South-West Laois, is experiencing a real renewal at present – beginning with the reopening of a pub.

4 – Praise for Laois Garda and colleague as they help deliver baby following incident on M7

There has been praise for a Laois Garda and his colleague as their swift and calm actions led to the successful delivery of a baby.

The incident occurred last Wednesday night on the M7 heading towards Dublin.

Timahoe native Richie Oxley and his Garda colleague Sean Smyth are stationed at Naas Garda Station.

5 – €4 million contract signed for major road improvement on busy Portlaoise road

Laois County Council has signed a major €4 million contract to see a busy Portlaoise road upgraded.

Council officials and elected representatives have appointed a contractor to complete a 2km stretch of road as pare of the ‘N77 Abbeyleix Road (Portlaoise) Rehabilitation and Enhancement Scheme,

Following public procurement processes, the contractor appointed to complete the works is Arkil Ltd and works are set to commence in the coming weeks. A more detailed programme will be published prior to the commencement of works.

6 – ‘Someone is going to be killed’ – Deer crossing busy Laois roads continuing to cause chaos

Three busy Laois roads are experiencing a high level of deer crossing them and this is causing serious concern.

So a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee heard on Monday from Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley.

According to Deputy Stanley, the three roads in question are the N77 from Abbeyleix to Durrow, the Abbeyleix to Ballacolla road and the road between the Montague Hotel and Ballybrittas.

7 – Moo Cow: How one Laois farm family is thinking differently with its fresh milk vending machines

A Laois farm family is enjoying an enthusiastic response to its fresh milk vending machine located at the Solas Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington.

Micheál Finlay, his wife Cora and his father Liam, run the dairy farm at Lea, Portarlington which is less than 500 metres from the Solas Eco Garden shop. They milk 100 cows and supply Tirlán, formerly Glanbia.

Their venture ‘Moo Cow Fresh Milk’ comes at a time when more farmers are looking at ways of diversifying their farms and adding value to their milk.

8 – Laois owned horse went for Cheltenham glory

The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle took place on Thursday and a Laois owned horse was in the field.

Salvador Ziggy put in a brilliant performance and finished second.

9 – Laois student presented with Dillon Memorial Medal for outstanding academic achievement at UCD

Laois student Christopher Carew was an award recipient at the recent UCD Awards Ceremony.

The Portlaoise native was awarded the Dillon Memorial medal for outstanding academic achievement over the last four years of his Under-grad Medicine Degree.

10 – ‘We may as well turn them off’ – Anger as data protection renders CCTV scheme in Laois ‘a waste of money’

Data protection regulations have led to anger over how they are impacting upon a CCTV scheme in a Laois town.

Fianna Fail Councillor Paddy Bracken informed a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting of what has happened in Mountmellick.

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