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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post and Prime Time. He is now part-owner of Communicate Ireland.

Pauline Madigan upbeat and determined to run for Fianna Fáil

To paraphrase the famous quote, rumours of her political demise have been greatly exaggerated. Fianna Fáil general election candidate, Pauline Madigan, has defiantly confirmed her...

After 54 years a new Garda HQ complex confirmed for Portlaoise

A new Garda Divisional headquarters building complex has been announced for Portlaoise. The long overdue breakthrough for the development of a modern and fit-for-purpose Garda...

Local candidate poised to win Senate seat

A local candidate is in pole position to win the upcoming Seánad bye-election. Cllr Pippa Hackett from Geashill and an Offaly County County Councillor having...

Flower power boost for pollinators on Laois roads

Good news for residents, motorists … and butterflies and bees this week. Laois County council has agreed to embrace a proposal to plant more wild...

Tributes pour in for Laois seanchaí and champion of the Slieve Blooms

Tributes continue to pour in from all over the county for the late Mick Dowling. He was 82. The much respected Camross man was founder...

Clonaslee College in rude health and shaping up for the future

There is hardly a school in the county that enjoys a more idyllic setting than Clonaslee College, as it is nestled into the foothills...

Sell-out crowd for Slieve Bloom Sean Nós launch at the Deadmans

There were powerful ballads, skips of tunes, rakes of pints, mighty craic and a sell-out crowd in the Deadman’s on Sunday night. It seemed like...

8 year boil notice has Laois residents boiling mad

A boil notice for a day is a nuisance; for a week, well that’s a bother; for a year, you’d say ‘you’ve got to...

Claims of threats for highlighting anti-social behaviour

The vexed issue of anti-social behaviour in housing estates and unruly threatening behaviour from those responsible continues to preoccupy the authorities. Albeit with some reluctance...

Laois Climate Change report warmly received, but …

There has been a warm welcome at the County Council for the adoption of the Laois Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. However, there were shades of...

NPA refuse to contribute to cost of road works for the Ploughing

A meeting of Laois County Council has heard that the local authority had to plough almost €200k of its own funds into road works...

House repairs are carried out by the book but rules may change

The difficulty in getting small jobs and minor house repairs carried out for local authority tenants in Laois Council houses is the latest bugbear...

Electric Picnic told get its house in order for 2020

The organisers of the Electric Picnic have been sent an unambiguous message to clean up their act and to address safety concerns before next...

Child dental and mental health services in Laois in disarray

Not for the first time Laois elected representatives this week once again trained their sights on the Health Minister, Simon Harris as they highlighted...

200,000 medical card cuts ‘the meanest of all’

“We all second that,” affirmed the Chairman, Cllr Willie Aird this week as he led unanimous support for his Council colleague Noel Tuohy’s call...

Homeless Laois children forced to commute to school from Offaly

Homeless Laois children are being forced to commute to school from County Offaly as there is no emergency accommodation to house them closer to...

The best place in Ireland to spot butterflies is…

The best place in Ireland to spot butterflies is… Laois! And that’s official, not just hearsay. For the second year in succession Laois has won the...
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News Diary: New roof for Rathdowney library, flooding in Borris and Mountmellick and safer...

The important facility that is Rathdowney library is in line for a new roof. Local councillor, John King enquired at this week’s meeting of the...

Mixed feelings but Farmer’s Market is growing in popularity

The increasingly popular Farmer’s Market in Portlaoise looks like it’s about to move permanently to its new location. While there are mixed feelings on the...

Road safety issues across the county warrant attention

A plethora of road safety issues in various parts of the county have been aired at this week’s meeting of the Borris-Mountmellick municipal district. The...

Fascinating stories shared from personal testimonies at The Pantry

Funded by Creative Ireland, Laois and curated by award winning broadcaster Ann Marie Kelly ‘If the walls had ears’ was set in the walled...

Horror stories emerging from Laois housing estates

The horrendous incidents from some Laois housing estates revealed this week are so shocking as to seem improbable, implausible, and impossible even. Unfortunately, they are...

Residents left in limbo as bridge in Portlaoise is abruptly closed

There were cross words and crossed wires as it was revealed that an old bridge across the River Triogue in Portlaoise has been abruptly...

Slieve Bloom Sean Nós launch all set for the Deadman’s

If Paddy Fitzpatrick was from Connemara, Clare or West Cork he would be a folk hero. But he will not remain an unsung hero for...

New Director arrives in Laois as Michael Rainey departs

There was good news and bad news to greet Portlaoise councillors at their municipal meeting this week. They were all smiles and delighted to be...

Dead slow progress on Laois cemetery works of grave concern

The painfully slow progress on long promised works on cemeteries across Laois continues to cause concern. The frustration of councillors over the issue started to...

Need for loo and facilities in Laois villages highlighted

The need for improvement on some basic services and facilities in small Laois rural communities has been highlighted this week. Councillors from the Borris-Mountmellick municipal...

In Pictures: A great buzz about this Laois art exhibition

There was a great buzz of excitement, anticipation and energy at the official opening of a new exhibition in the Laois Arthouse Gallery in...

Hello Laois! 5 ways we can make much more of the Electric Picnic

The Irish Derby takes place each summer on the Curragh. Over one mile and four furlongs it takes less than 3 minutes to complete. It’s...

Noel Coss first and foremost a family man of devout faith

St. Joseph’s in Mountmellick was packed to standing room only all the way out into the church yard. They had come from near and far...

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