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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.

Enjoyable and engaging summer arts programme in store for Laois children

An array of arts and music workshops are available for young people to enjoy over the month of July and into August as part...

Brendan Phelan out for the count and fairly sore with Fianna Fáil

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Brendan Phelan from Rathdowney will long remember the 10th count in the Borris-in-Ossory electoral area...

ELECTED: Thomasina secures major gain for Fine Gael in Portlaoise with final seat

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Thomasina Connell has secured a Council seat on her first attempt. She was elected on 796...

Full recount underway in Borris-Mountmellick area

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union A full recount of the Borris-Mountmellick electoral area is now firmly underway in the Portlaoise...

John Whelan: The battle of Borris and the scrap for Portlaoise will leave casualties

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union As the count in Portlaoise grinds on the final outcome still remains elusive and inconclusive. However,...

John Whelan: Savage scrap in store for final seat in Portlaoise

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union There is a savage scrap in store in the Portlaoise electoral area for the last...

Portarlington councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick back on top in Offaly

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union The roller-coaster political career of Portarlington councillor, Eddie Fitzpatrick hit a high note this weekend...

New candidates Bergin and Clooney in the mix in Borris-Mountmellick as Goodwin under pressure

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Two new first-time candidates have put the cat among the pigeons in the Borris-Mountmellick Municipal...

1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald...

Forty years ago in 1979 the first ever direct elections to the European Parliament were held in tandem with the local elections on June...

Retiring councillors leave a gap of opportunity in Castlecomer

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union If there is any such thing as a handy Council seat, well then there’s one...

Ground hurling, the GAA vote and the Rosenallis factor all in play in Borris-Mountmellick

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union One of the puzzling anomalies of Laois-Offaly politics is how villages like Ballacolla and Bracknagh...

‘Lovely Laois’ being blighted by rubbish

Laois County Council is being inundated with complaints and reports of littering, fly tipping and illegal dumping around the county. It is costing the Council...

Loan deposits demand compounding ‘housing crisis’ in Laois

For the umpteenth time this year Laois County Councillors have expressed their frustration and dismay over the protracted housing crisis. Speaking at the final meeting...

Laois will sign up to Pollinator Plan to help bees

Laois County Council has confirmed that it plans to sign up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. The news will be welcomed in a week...

Pause button pressed on School of Music proposal

A recommendation from the local authority management to divest the governance of the Laois School of Music from the Council to the Laois-Offaly Education...

Council candidates do battle with one eye on next general election in Roscrea and...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union There is more at stake in Friday’s local elections than the Council seats in Tipperary...

1991 Election Memories: Liam Hyland champion of rural Ireland; Cathy Honan’s Senate term, the...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’, the more it changes, the more they...

Issue of Climate Change ‘is coming up on the doors’

The issue of climate change and extreme weather events is a topic that is coming up on the doors in the build up to...

Sleepless nights as heavy trucks and ‘boy racers’ take their toll in Laois villages

Lorries leaving the motorway to avoid the toll charges were causing horrendous noise at night-time and making it impossible for people along the Main...

Election Diary: Madigan calls for more play areas; movement on Carlow Southern Relief Road;...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Call for more play areas Portlaoise councillor, Pauline Madigan has called for the provision of more...

Astronomical cost of Mountmellick footpath gets the cold shoulder

A suggestion that the Council would provide a hard shoulder instead of a proper public footpath between Debicott and the Rock School in Mountmellick...

Councillor John Moran signs off with a few tears and admiration ringing in his...

‘All political careers end in failure,’ goes the well-worn quotation. Almost all, but certainly not John Moran’s. The Ballylinan man attended his final Laois County...

Treacy’s of The Heath the main hub for Gordon Bennett June weekend Classic

This June bank holiday the roads of Laois, Carlow and Kildare will see some of the most spectacular classic cars, in celebration of the...

2009 Election Memories: End of the Bertie era, end of the PDs, demise of...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union When Bertie Ahern won his hat-trick of general elections and was installed for his third...

Respond reply to justify housing tenant deposit scheme

Respond, the voluntary housing association have replied to criticisms from some Laois county councillors to their practice of requiring a deposit from tenants who...

WATCH: Abbeyleix Bog punching above its weight for biodiversity

A Laois bog is back in the news headlines this week…and this time it’s good news. It’s not a bog that’s being abused and dumped...

Say goodbye to beef farmers warning over poor prices

Where’s the beef? That was once a challenge to a previous government and their threadbare policies. Today it has changed to farmers having a...

1999 Election Memories: The count that ended up in court as Fianna Fáil glory...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union If it’s nail-biting drama, excitement and intrigue you are looking for, forget about the Game...

End of an era in Mountrath as Mai Dooley passes away

The removal takes place this evening of the late Mai Dooley from Mountrath. She was 86. Mai, from Shannon Street, Mountrath will be fondly remembered...

Laois fire service ‘the best in the country’

Laois has the best fire service in the country. That’s no idle boast, it’s official. The Laois firefighters will travel to France in September...

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