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Abbeyleix community launch their annual St Vincent de Paul appeal

Christmas can be a difficult time for many families especially those with young children, anyone suffering illness, the elderly, anybody unemployed this Christmas time...

Coronavirus: 270 new cases and 5 further deaths

A further 5 Coronavirus-related deaths have been announced by the health authorities this evening as well as 270 new cases. There were fewer than five...

November car sales in Laois slightly up as key New Year selling period moves...

There were a total of 15 new cars registered as sold in Laois in November, according to the latest figures released by the Society...

Free Saturday parking in Laois’s main towns – and new public toilets set to...

More than three years after being closed, the refurbished public toilets in the heart of Portlaoise are set to open this week. The toilets have...

Laois County Councillors call for ‘Strategic Housing Developments’ to be abolished

Laois County Councillors have called on the Minister for Housing, Darragh O'Brien, to abolish Strategic Housing Developments (SHD) immediately. Normally applications for planning permission first...

Fence needs be erected following ‘serious incidents’ involving deer on busy Laois road

Laois County Councillor John Joe Fennelly has called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to erect a fence on the Abbeyleix/Durrow road following a number of...

Ceann Comhairle ‘appalled’ by Brian Stanley tweet and calls for ‘credible political response’

The Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil has said that he was "appalled" by the tweet from Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin TD in relation to IRA...

Electric Picnic, remote working and 2021 recovery – Leo Varadkar addresses Laois Chamber members

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he hopes that Electric Picnic will be able to go ahead in 2021 and says that the Government will have...

Coronavirus: 18 further deaths and 269 news cases as restrictions ease around the country

A further 18 Coronavirus-related deaths have been announced by the health authorities this evening - 15 of them in November. There have also been an...

Laois school launch fundraiser in bid to upgrade WiFi system

A significant fundraising initiative was launched in Timahoe last week as the Parents’ Association of Scoil Mhuire Fatima have set about raising €4,000 for...

A pen pal and Death Row – Laois girl campaigning for stay of execution...

The concept of pen pals may well be something from a different era but a young Laois woman has been corresponding with an American...

€840,000 IT funding for Laois schools as Sports Capital Grants open

Every school in Laois will receive part of the €840,000 in grant funding that has been allocated by the Department of Education recently for...

‘This was a mistake by Brian Stanley and one that will not be repeated’

Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley won't be removed as chairman of the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), according to party leader Mary Lou...

Strange times for Laois third level students as they adapt to online learning

In a college year like no other, the college life experience has dramatically changed because of the ongoing pandemic. Laois students all across the country...

Laois Councillor ‘scalded’ and running around like ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ over lights

A Laois County Councillor has said he is being 'scalded' on the phone on a daily basis over the installation of new LED lights...

‘Cultural Accord’ signed between historical Australian site and Laois house

Laois County Councillors have approved the signing of a 'Cultural Accord' between an historic Australian site and a Laois house. The Eureka Centre in Victoria,...

Coronavirus: One more death and 306 new cases as office parties to be banned

A further 306 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and one new death have been announced by the health authorities this evening. There was one new case...

Laois soccer club and special needs school to benefit from lease of County Council...

A Laois soccer club and a special needs school are to benefit from the leasing of lands owned by Laois County Council to them. For...

County Council sell land to air industry company who plan expansion in Laois

Laois County Council has approved the sale of 1.56 hectares of land to a company who are planning an expansion. AuBren have purchased the site...

‘Wholly inappropriate’ but key Sinn Féin TD rules out further action in relation to...

One of Sinn Féin's most high-profile TDs has described Brian Stanley's tweet in relation to the IRA attacks on the British army as "wholly...

The ‘surreal experience’ of winning an election during lockdown

When you think of elections and the subsequent count, it's usually the happy scenes of celebration that come to mind first. But for Mark Wall,...

Laois TD apologises for ‘inappropriate’ Tweet as DUP leader Foster hits out

Laois TD Brian Stanley has issued an apology over a Tweet he posted - which he has since deleted. On Saturday, the Sinn Fein Deputy...

Coronavirus: 2 more deaths and 299 new cases

A further 299 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and two new deaths have been announced by the health authorities this evening. There were four new cases...

From Con Houlihan to Flight of the Conchords – ‘huge amount of characters after...

When a pub on the main street of the county town has been in the same family since the 1860s, it's bound to have...

UPDATED: Live animal charity crib set to open in Portlaoise on Tuesday

A live animal charity crib is set to officially open in Portlaoise on Tuesday, December 1. The crib was originally scheduled to be officially opened...

Coronavirus: 243 further cases and seven more deaths

A further 243 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and seven new deaths have been announced by the health authorities this evening. There were four new cases...

Nominations sought from Laois for Adult Learning STAR Awards

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking nominations from adult learning initiatives in Laois for the annual STAR Awards 2021. The STAR Awards will...

Sadness as ‘larger than life personality’ Joe Wisely passes away

There is deep sadness in Rosenallis this week following the passing of Joe Wisely. Mr Wisely passed away on Saturday November 21 and he was...

Laois student named the inaugural winner of award in memory of late teacher

A Laois secondary school student has become the inaugural winner of an award which has been named in memory of a late teacher. On Wednesday...

Weekend Read: EirGrid, ESB and community group remain at loggerheads over proposed substation

EirGrid, the ESB and a local community action group remain at loggerheads over a long-running plan to build an electricity substation in Laois. The substation...