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Traveller LOETB

LOETB plant Hazel Tree in Mountmellick to commemorate National Traveller Mental Health Day

A tree planting event took place in Mountmellick Further Education and Training Centre (FETC) to commemorate National Traveller Mental Health Day recently. The outdoor event...

Government confirm details for Covid-19 restriction changes from October 22

The government has confirmed the changes that will take place in regards to Covid-19 restrictions from Friday October 22. Firstly, the government will immediately begin...
Billy Dargan new

Tributes paid following the passing of ‘gentle soul who was a true Portlaoise legend’

Tributes have been paid following the sad passing of Portlaoise native Billy Dargan. Mr Dargan, from Harpurs Lane, passed peacefully at Portlaoise Regional Hospital on...
Aidan Mullins

Funding to be sought to construct new footpath near popular walking spot in Laois...

Laois County Council is to seek funding to construct a footpath near a popular walking spot in a Laois town. Sinn Fein Councillor Aidan Mullins...
Abbeyleix school

Solution found for Laois school to tackle major infrastructural problems

Abbeyleix Scoil Mhuire’s primary school building has been approved for a complete overhaul and retrofit. This work will solve the problems of the leaking roof,...
Court Square Stradbally

‘I’d prefer if you’d mind your own business’ – Laois Councillors clash as saga...

Laois Councillors Aisling Moran and Paschal McEvoy clashed once again over a housing development that is set to take place in Stradbally. At September's meeting...

Calls for HGVs to be encouraged to use new road in Portlaoise to take...

A Laois County Councillor has called for HGVs to be encouraged to use a new road that will take them away from encountering school...
Insurance

Fall in personal insurance pay outs welcomed by Laois minister

Laois-Offaly TD Sean Fleming, Minister of State with responsibility for Insurance, has welcomed a new report which shows the value of average injury awards...
Portlaoise

Nationwide litter survey deems Portlaoise cleanest town and ahead of European norms

A nationwide litter survey has shown Portlaoise as the cleanest of 40 areas surveyed by An Taisce and cleaner than European norms. The results of...
Farm Family

Laois man the winner of first Irish Community Air Ambulance and Embrace FARM Family...

A Laois man was named the winner of the first Irish Community Air Ambulance and Embrace FARM Family Draw. Ciaran Fingleton from Ratheniska scooped the...
This is my Story Patricia Dempsey

Laois woman pens book on mental health battle and how she overcame her suffering

They say that everyone has a story to tell - and it has taken one Portlaoise woman 33 years to document her mental health...
Grand Canal

Laois TD and Councillor call for ‘action to be taken on Grand Canal’

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley and Cllr Aidan Mullins are calling on Waterways Ireland to carry out works essential works on the River Barrow. Water...

Businesses and farmers in Laois advised to consider €330m Brexit loan scheme

Minister of State Martin Heydon has advised SMEs and farmers in Laois that a €300m Brexit loan scheme has opened for applications today. The Brexit...
Conor Montague (2)

Deep sadness in Laois community as ‘larger than life character’ sadly passes away

There is deep sadness in Emo and the surrounding areas this week following the passing of Conor Montague. From Limetree, Woodbrook, Portarlington, Conor passed away...
Martin Bergin

Laois vintage club set for first ever memorial run for much loved late member

The first ever Martin Bergin Memorial Run will be held by Camross Vintage Club October 24. Mr Bergin, a Camross native and founding member of...
People's Park Portarlington

Effigy of British soldier that was erected in Laois park moved to Carlow Museum

The effigy of Robert Hartpole, which was erected in the People's Park in Portarlington, was removed this week and relocated to Carlow Museum where...

Laois TD blasts Budget 2022 as only for ‘landlords, developers and speculators’

Laois TD Brian Stanley has blasted Budget 2022 as being only good for 'landlords, developers and speculators'. The Sinn Fein Deputy said that people wanted...
Geashill land

Local 32-acre farm sells for €300,000 at auction

A 32-acre farm in Geashill between Portarlington and Tullamore sold for €300,000 - or €9,400 per acre - at auction this week. The vendors were...

A chance encounter with ‘Rainbow People’ the inspiration for Laois author’s first ever children’s...

A chance encounter with Rainbow People almost 30 years ago is the inspiration for a new book for children. ‘The Last Beekeeper’ by Johnny Renko,...

Company with Laois operations wins €3 million Aldi contract to supply logs and kindling

A company who has a base in Laois has a won a contract with Aldi to supply logs and kindlin worth €3 million. Boulta Agri...
Laois Hospice St Colman's NS

Laois school raises €1,300 for Laois Hospice in memory of late caretaker

A Laois primary school raised €1,362.18 for Laois Hospice in memory of their late caretaker. St Colman's National School held a coffee morning and no...
Ballybrophy Train Station

Laois train station set for carpark expansion following County Council green light

A Laois train station is set for a major expansion after planning permission was granted by Laois County Council. Ballybrophy Train Station, located between Borris-In-Ossory...

In Pictures: Two arrests made plus cash, drugs and fireworks seized following Laois Gardai...

Cash, drugs and fireworks were seized following a raid in Laois yesterday. The seizure happened following the search of a premises in Mountmellick. A number of...
Straw Incorporation Scheme

Straw Incorporation, TAMS and Farm Safety measures welcomed by Laois-based chairman of Irish Grain...

The Laois farmer who is chairman of the Irish Grain Growers Group has welcomed some of the measures introduced in this week's Budget. Bobby Miller,...

Deputy Chief Medical Officer urges 300,000 unvaccinated adults to take Covid-19 vaccine as 26...

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has urged those who are still unvaccinated to come forward for a vaccine. His plea comes as it...

Laois TD highlights disappointment with the Defence Budget for 2022

Independent TD for Kildare South and former Army Ranger, Cathal Berry, has highlighted his 'disappointment and frustration' with the Defence Budget for 2022. The Portarlington...

Laois Communities encouraged to act to protect local biodiversity as grant process opens

Communities in Laois that are committed to protecting biodiversity and wildlife are being offered an opportunity to work with an expert ecologist under additional...

Laois Gardai make six arrests following large scale multi-agency checkpoint on M7

There were six arrests made for a range of offences following a checkpoint on the M7 yesterday. Members from Portlaoise and Tullamore Garda stations, along...
Conor Bergin and Heather Humphries

Completion date for €260k improvement works in five Laois areas extended

The deadline for completion of works under the €7 million Streetscape Enhancement Initiative has been extended to the end of the year. Under the scheme,...
12-10-2021 Conor Lenihan book launch

In Pictures: Fianna Fáil stalwarts turn out in force for Albert Reynolds book launch...

Ministers, TDs, senators and councillors were in attended in Moloney's Gaelic Bar in Mountmellick on Friday night last as a new biography of Albert...