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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.

Tom Treacy is feeling the love as Laois bestows its highest honour

The plaudits and praise came pouring in thick and fast for Tom Treacy as Laois bestowed the highest honour it has to acknowledge achievement,...

Hard border divides Laois community down the middle ahead of Local Elections

While the country is pre-occupied with the looming prospects of a hard Brexit and its border implications, an electoral boundary review is causing consternation...

Facelift in the pipeline for Portlaoise laneways

In other places they are celebrated, places of curiosity and curios, of gems of shops, art and café culture. But in Portlaoise some of its...

Mountmellick houses to proceed after archaeological survey

The provision of new houses in Mountmellick is to proceed after a standard archaeological survey is conducted. The Council plan to build 10 new...

Malcolm Smyth will always be remembered as Friends Together

The death has occurred of Malcolm Smyth. He had Motor Neurone disease, which he bore and battled bravely. Always with that great smile of...

Wired with Whelan: Nurses are the sticking plaster holding the health service together

Morale is a mysterious medicine. It’s hard to put your finger on it. What exactly is it that is inspiring, uplifting and motivating. Why...

Irish Rail out of line with Ballybrophy parking, say local councillors

Irish Rail have come in for a dressing down for their failure to honour commitments made to provide ample safe parking at Ballybrophy train...

Bitter-sweet day as Abbeyleix Post Office changes hands after 60 years

The end of an era is a phrase which is often bandied about but it was never more appropriate as today in Abbeyleix. This...

€100k cost of Coroner should not be incurred by Council, argues local politician

A campaign to get the Department of Justice to foot the bill and fund the County Coroner’s offices across the country has been initiated...
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After years of waiting Laois estates finally taken-in-charge

In a move that was well received at their monthly meeting, Laois councillors across the board welcomed the taking in charge of eight housing...

Renowned Portarlington GAA man who lined out for Offaly and Kildare passes away

The death has occurred of Matt ‘Mattie’ Colgan who was widely known and respected in GAA and sporting circles across Offaly, Laois and Kildare. Matt...

Breakthrough for rural CCTV in Laois

In news that will be welcomed by rural communities right across Laois, there has been a breakthrough on the roll-out of rural CCTV schemes...

Kudos for Kieran the consummate Laoisman

You can take the man out of Laois but you can’t take the Laois out of the man, and if Waterford bound Kieran Kehoe...

Laois could go green for St Patrick’s Day

Laois could go green and other counties could be green with envy if Laois County Council embrace a proposal put forward by Cllr Mary...

Payroll services success story continues with 12 new jobs while update given on Glanbia...

The success story of the Payroll Shared Services Centre at Laois County Council continues with 12 additional staff to be added immediately to cater...
Dumping in Laois has become an epidemic one Cllr has claimed

Disgraceful and disgusting dumping in Portlaoise to be tackled

One of the worst ever illegal dumping cases in the county has been highlighted at the monthly council meeting with the Chief Executive, John...

‘Welcome to Carlow’ signs out of place and out of order

Usually, ‘Welcome to Carlow’ or indeed ‘Welcome to Anywhere’ signs would be viewed as a positive, a gesture of friendship. But not if such...

Fine Gael shape up to win back seats in Borris-Mountmellick Area

It may have been freezing cold and snowing outside but there was a clear spring in the step of the Fine Gael members who...

Laois Fianna Fail Cllrs told to pull plug on Government as nurses strike looms

There were a few old sores opened as Fianna Fáil were warned that they should pull the plug on the Fine Gael led government...

County Hall finally gets its hands on County Hotel

In its heyday it was a hub of social activity on the Main Street but for years now it’s been one of the Town’s...

UPDATE: €20 million development for Portlaoise as Laois County Council secure CBS site deal

In a significant breakthrough for town centre regeneration in Portlaoise it has been confirmed that the Christian Brothers site at Tower Hill is set...

Wired with Whelan: Celebrating the great Jim Yorke, a photographer who excelled in a...

This is an extract from Growing Pains and Growing Up, John Whelan's new book celebrating 40 years in Journalism. It is available to buy...

Wired with Whelan: Portlaoise had an Arts Festival before Galway or Kilkenny – and...

This is an extract from Growing Pains and Growing Up, John Whelan’s new book celebrating 40 years in Journalism. It is available to buy in...

Lights, camera, auction – as Cafe en Seine fittings go on sale in Killenard

Ever fancy a piece of the American Dream? Well then, this stunning Airstream Safari Land Yacht travel trailer could be all yours. It goes under the hammer...

Wired with Whelan: Politicians are great sports so now it’s time they sweetened the...

The Jacks are back, The Jacks are back, Let the Railway End go barmy, ‘Cause Hill 16 Has Never Seen The likes of Heffo’s Army. (1970s Dublin football fans chant...

‘Jerry will get a great send-off, and rightly so’

A tribute to Cllr Jerry Lodge by John Whelan The Laois flag is at half-mast at County Hall. It’s for Jerry. On Saturday he will make...

Wired with Whelan: There are three sides to every story

I got the Sky News blues All over me I got the Sky News blues All over me. Looking out my window, Birds singing in the trees. I believe that...

Wired with Whelan: Snow Patrol in the GAA, Skid Row at ‘The Mental’ and...

It's the dance you should know When the lights are down low Grab your baby Then go Do the hucklebuck Do the hucklebuck If you don't know how to do...

Wired with Whelan: Suicide is dangerous, it brings on many changes

Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be The pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see That suicide is...

Wired with Whelan: ‘Shop local’ is not just for Christmas you know

How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the waggly tail How much is that doggie in the window? I do hope that doggie's...

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