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A journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty

Safety scheme on road near Mountmellick rejected

A proposed safety scheme at Clonaghdoo has been rejected by members of Laois County Council. At the monthly meeting of Laois County Council, Cllr Seamus...

Prime Portlaoise town centre site gets new zoning status

The potential of the Maltings Site in Portlaoise was highlighted with its change of zoning in the draft Portlaoise Local Area Plan this week. The...

In Pictures: Camross CCE sweep the boards at Leinster Fleadh

Camross Comhaltas Ceoltori Eireann won 10 individual Leinster titles and one ceili band title over the weekend. The sweeping success was achieved by the local...

Council agrees to zone extra Portlaoise land for housing

An additional 18 hectares of land have been zoned residential under the draft Portlaoise Local Area Plan which could allow for an additional 5-600...

Laois farmers are in the top ten Basic Payment earners

Farmers in Laois are in the top ten earners for average payments in the country under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The Farming Independent revealed...

CAB investigating suspected Laois criminals

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is currently investigating two suspected criminals in Laois. A further 7 preliminary investigations are underway on people in the county...

In Pictures: Stradbally goes back to ’80s for a very worthy cause!

Stradbally went back to the '80s at the weekend, donning some very dodgy attire in the process - but it was all in a...

Dramatic rise of thefts in Laois

Thefts in Laois jumped from 75 up to 132 in the last three months, when compared with the second quarter of 2017, latest garda...
The number of carers in Laois is on the rise

Free GP care announced for Laois carers

Free GP care is to be extended to carers in Laois, it has been confirmed by Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan Minister Charlie...
Austin Stack has hit out at Sinn Feinn

Austin Stack sets up service to mediate in local conflicts

Austin Stack, the Portlaoise man who has campaigned for justice for his father Brian who was murdered by the IRA, has offered to mediate...

Moment in time: Lalor Clan rally in 2008

The Lalor name has a long and proud association with Laois and when the clan held its rally 10 years, ago photographer Alf Harvey...

Laois housing estate to be auctioned online this week

An estate of 18 houses in Laois could be yours for just over €1 million. The portfolio of 18 houses in Borris-in-Ossory will be offered...

Funding provided for new first responder ambulance in Laois

Funding of €50,000 has been provided to purchase an ambulance for a voluntary organisation in Laois. The Irish Red Cross - Laois, based in...

Mop-up operations continue on burning peat in Slieve Blooms

Mop-up operations in the Slieve Bloom mountains were continuing right up to last night, following a fire which began there over 10 days ago. Laois...

Proposal to use old phone boxes as community defibrillator points

Old phone boxes have been proposed as the ideal storage location for defibrillators in Laois. Eoin Barry, local area representative for the Labour Party is...

Large increase in mental health services funding in Laois as demand grows

Funding for Child and Adult Mental Health Services in Laois and Offaly has increased by over €1.2 million due to a major increase in...

Emotional send off for ‘amazing teacher’ on retirement

Tributes have been paid following an emotional send off for Michael Dowling who retired after 43 years of teaching, 37 of which was happily...

Over €10 million announced for Portlaoise town centre housing project

Over €10 million is to be spent on the provision 47 houses on a disused site in Portlaoise, it has been confirmed. Minister for Justice...

Tragic farm accident victim named as investigation is launched

The 87-year-old father of two who died tragically on his farm in Clonaslee at the weekend has been named. Jim McCann of Clonabeg, Clonaslee, died...

Tributes paid as popular local teacher retires

Tributes have been paid to a popular Abbeyleix teacher who has retired after 38 years of teaching in Scoil Mhuire in the town. Breda Broderick...

Portlaoise lined up to secure town centre regeneration funding

Portlaoise is poised to apply for its share of  €2 billion Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) to revitalise its town centre, an information...

Elderly man dies in Laois farm accident

An elderly farmer was killed in a farm accident over the weekend in Laois, it has been confirmed by An Garda Siochana. Gardai in Clonaslee...

Threat of further Slieve Bloom fires remains ‘really high’

The risk of forest fires flaring up again is “really high” in the Slieve Bloom mountains, according to a spokesperson from the largest commercial...

Moment in Time: Launch of Portarlington French Festival in 2004

Our Moment in Time this week takes a look back to the launch of the Portarlington French Festival, when the town celebrated the 310th...

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, July 07, 2018

Below are the recent deaths in Laois. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam. Patrick Paisley St. John`s sq., Portlaoise, Laois The death has occurred of Patrick (Paddy)...

Funding confirmed for road safety near local school

Over €40,000 has been allocated for road safety works at Raheen National School, with work due to commence there in the coming weeks. Councillor John...

Death announced of retired judge, author and former pal of Brendan Behan

James J. O'Sullivan, a renowned retired district court judge and published author who socialised with Brendan Behan, has died at the age of 85. The...

Slieve Bloom fire now out as last firefighters leave

The large gorse fire on the Slieve Bloom mountains is now officially out. The news was confirmed by the Offaly Fire Service that the last...

Watch: A Laois Georgian-era mansion with its own mill is on the market

A Laois Georgian-era mansion complete with its own mill can be yours for for €850,000, an asking price which has dropped by €15,000. For that...

Key primary school principal posts filled across the county

Schools may have closed their doors for the summer, but this hasn’t stopped planning and preparation for September with a number of new principals...

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