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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.

Laois Chamber to be revived as CEO position is advertised

Considerable progress is being made to re-establish a Laois Chamber of Commerce in the county. Up until this month, Laois was one of only...

1985 Election Memories: A Fianna Fáil landslide, first woman elected, some big casualties, and...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union The local elections of 1985 in Laois were the most significant and dramatic in more...
Laois County Council has approved the plan

Mounting concerns over road safety at schools

Portlaoise councillors have spelled out in no uncertain terms to local authority officials their growing concerns about road safety and traffic management in the...

Election Diary: Kilminchy bigger than most towns, road safety at Crookedy, and issues at...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Kilminchy bigger than most towns With more than 700 houses there, many with young families, the...

Bord na Móna propose major renewable gas plant near Portlaoise

Bord na Móna have unveiled plans for a major renewable gas facility at Cúil na Móna near Togher outside Portlaoise. The semi-state company engaged in...

2004 Local Election Memories: No TDs, some PDs, a Sinn Féin breakthrough and a...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union While the country was still basking in the warm afterglow of Bertie Ahern’s second term...

Masterplan for latest Portlaoise development goes on view

A concept masterplan for the latest major development proposed for Portlaoise has gone on public view. Commuters who crave a car free lifestyle will be...

Clampdown on illegal dumping continues across Laois

This is Clean Up Laois Week and the local authority are redoubling their efforts to clamp down on illegal dumping across the county. A whole...

New sports hall and TJ Doheny World Title fight in Town gets Council’s blessing

Portlaoise is a renowned sporting town and now local councillors have thrown their weight behind two further major sporting initiatives which they hope will...
Dumping in Laois has become an epidemic one Cllr has claimed

Council throwing the kitchen sink at cleaning up Laois

Toilet bowls and cisterns, sofas, televisions, freezers, mattresses, you name it and it has been found dumped in the bogs, hedgerows, forest tracks and...

Project Manager sought for Laois Creative Ireland programme

Those with an interest, aptitude and suitable qualification will be interested in applying to project manage the 2019 Creative Ireland Programme in Laois. The Arts...

Laois woman set to run in Local Elections for new political party Aontú

Brought to you association with People First Credit Union Laois woman Sinéad Moore is to run for Peader Tobín’s new party, Aontú, in the upcoming...

Election Diary: Registering to vote, no election posters and delay on electronic tagging

Brought to you association with People First Credit Union Are you registered to vote?  Are you registered to vote in the forthcoming local and European elections?...

Laois Minister embroiled in ‘bizarre’ drink-driving row

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is this morning at the centre of what he himself described as a “bizarre” drink-driving row, due to comments made...

Applications sought for Creative Ireland grant fund in Laois

The Laois Arts Office has notified that applications are now open for the Creative Ireland grant fund in the county. Laois has been allocated €111,774...

Laois County Council reveal housing targets for 2019

Eighty-six housing units is the target set out for Laois County Council for this year. This is an increase on the 2018 target of...

Insurance burdens are driving Laois businesses to the wall

Hefty insurance bills and spiraling premiums are crippling small businesses and in some instances it is driving them to the wall. Laois County Council...

Uproar over Respond housing deposit scheme

There was uproar at this week’s Laois County Council meeting over the revelation that the Respond Housing Agency are charging deposits to successful applicants. The...

Brutal broadband the burning issue as it hits businesses and workers in Laois

Unreliable and poor quality broadband is the burning issue on the doorsteps as the canvassing for May’s local elections gets underway in earnest. Councillors’ ears...

John Whelan: Don’t mind what they say, of course there’s an alternative Government

Remember 7 Days? Ok, Today Tonight then? Today Tonight Election Specials with Basil Chubb, Brian Farrell and John Bowman. Now there’s an A-Team of number...

Well-known Portlaoise business honours 20-year-old gift voucher

There is no disputing but that we live in the digital age. Virtually everything is available online. However, there is a downside to the digital...

Zach Tuohy ambitious as ever as he tackles his 10th Aussie Rules season

Time flies when you’re having fun. It certainly has for Portlaoise footballer Zach Tuohy. Where did the last ten years go? This weekend Zach, the...

Tributes paid following sad passing of well-known Laois woman

The death has taken place of Mrs Mary Daly from Portlaoise. She was 92 years of age. Mrs Daly is the mother of Fianna Fail...

Former Stradbally Rector is fondly remembered

The death has occurred of former Stradbally Church of Ireland Rector, the Very Rev William Beare. He was highly regarded, much respected and fondly remembered...

Montague and Hazel Hotels to be retained as Direct Provision Centres

The Department of Justice have confirmed that both the Montague and Hazel Hotel are to be retained for use as Direct Provision Centres for...

New Laois pub all set to open doors for St Patrick’s weekend

If you are going to open a new pub what better time to do so than in time for the St Patrick’s weekend national...

Portarlington Councillor in running with five others for European nomination

Fianna Fáil will move this weekend to put in place its final selection of candidates for the forthcoming European Parliament elections. The Party is going...

Children at the heart of Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day festivities

It’s less than a week away and the countdown is well and truly on for what promises to be one of the best ever...

In Pictures: Well done to John Dunne when it’s all said and done

It’s a scholarly work is John Dunne’s book. In plain speaking entitled, ‘A Book About Portlaoise’. A beautifully crafted and caringly produced historical hardback which...

Official barrier to safety railings at pedestrian crossings

Local authority officials are opposed to the erection of any further safety railings at pedestrian crossing junctions councillors have been told. While it used to...

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