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€647,690 in funding allocated to Laois under LEADER Programme

Laois Partnership is to receive €647,690 through the LEADER Programme for the period 2021-2022. The LEADER Programme supports private enterprises and community groups in rural...

Laois TD’s Consumer Protection Bill will see ‘monthly payment plans’ regulated by the Central...

Laois TD Sean Fleming TD has introduced legislation in the Oireachtas that he says will regulate monthly repayment plans for the first time ever. The...
James McKeon, McKeon Memorials

James McKeon ready for the latest chapter as strong family tradition carries on

As James McKeon prepares to launch McKeon Memorials, he'll acknowledge that there's not much he doesn't know about memorial head stones. And why wouldn't he....

Laois TD brands report on ‘dual pricing’ a ‘damning indictment of the insurance industry’

Laois TD Brian Stanley has hit out at the insurance industry following the publication of a new report. The Sinn Fein TD has described this...

New CEO looking forward to getting started as Laois Chamber of Commerce make key...

The new CEO of Laois Chamber of Commerce is Caroline Hofmann from Roscrea, a former special ministerial adviser at the Department of Finance. At 27,...

First ever Business Insurance report that will ‘bring down the cost’ published

The Central Bank of Ireland has published the National Claims Information Database (NCID) report on Employers’ Liability, Public Liability and Commercial Buildings Insurance. This is...

BREAKING: Multi-national tech company agrees to establish European headquarters and create jobs in Laois...

A multi-national tech company has agreed to establish its European headquarters in Laois. Canadian tech company 'N’ware' has chosen Mountrath as home and will create...
Car Sales FIGURES

New car sales begin to pick up in Laois though still off 2019 levels

New car sales in Laois for the first six months of 2021 are up 10% on last year's figures as the industry begins to...
Aidan Kehoe SKOUT

SKOUT Cybersecurity – founded by Laois native Aidan Kehoe – sold in major US...

SKOUT Cybersecurity - a business founded by Killenard native Aidan Kehoe in New York and who have offices in Portlaoise - have been sold...

#LoveLaois: Solas Eco Garden Centre – ‘We really think we’ve built something here that...

When you sit down and chat with David Maher and John Carey, the two men behind the hugely impressive new garden centre in the...

Pat McDonagh on delight of re-opening, PUP frustrations and future plans

A midweek morning in early summer and Pat McDonagh, the owner of Supermac's and the Só Hotel group, is in Portlaoise as the Killeshin...
High rates cited as a reason for vacant properties in the town

Boost for Laois businesses as rates waiver to be extended for summer months

Laois businesses have received a boost with the news that the current commercial rates waiver has been extended for an additional three months to...

‘We more or less have a full hotel … we want to get back...

Today is a big day for the hospitality industry as hotels, B&Bs, self-catering facilities and camping parks re-open for non-essential guests ahead of the...
Online Retail Scheme

Laois companies encouraged to start planning for green future with grants available

Laois companies who are supported by Enterprise Ireland are being encouraged to start planning for a green future now. There are three grants available to...

Laois co-working hub and business listed as finalists in Operations Excellence Awards

A Laois co-working hub and a business have been named as one of the finalists for the upcoming OpEx awards. Operations and Community Manager Regina...

Adopted Laois business owner claims national marketing award

An adopted Laois business owner has claimed a national marketing award at a recent virtual ceremony. Andrew Murphy, is the Director and Co-Founder of Coopman...
Áine Hennesy

Up and Coming: Stradbally lady Áine Hennessy discusses her thriving online vintage fashion business

The pandemic has taken so much away - but it has brought out the very best in some young Laois people. Our new series...

‘It’s like Christmas again’ – Owner of Laois salon delighted to be back open...

"Five months is a long time to be sitting at home and we all think it'd be brilliant but it's not, a lot of...
Online Retail Scheme

Laois businesses urged to apply for new round of Online Retail Scheme

Laois businesses should apply for funding under the new round of the Online Retail Scheme, a Fine Gael Councillor has said. Councillor Conor Bergin was...

Laois TD throws support behind ‘The Plan’ to fully reopen hospitality sector earlier than...

Laois TD and former Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has thrown his support behind calls for the hospitality to fully reopen on June 2...

Rent prices in Laois increase again as supply continues to dry up

The price of renting a home in Laois has increased in Quarter 1 of 2021. The average rent price in Q4 of 2020 was €1,023...

Laois TD among group describing An Taisce as a ‘leading threat to future of...

Laois TD Charlie Flanagan is among a group of Fine Gael politicians who have lambasted An Taisce. An Taisce is a charity that works to...
Online Retail Scheme

The Competitive Start Fund ‘could create the next start-up success story in Laois’

The Competitive Start Fund could create the next start-up success story in Laois - so says TD Charlie Flanagan. Deputy Flanagan was speaking as Damien...
Shaws Mountmellick

Shaws to close its first Laois store – but flagship Portlaoise outlet to remain...

Shaws are to close to their Mountmellick store, one that has been a permanent fixture in the town for almost 160 years. The news was...
Wandering Elk cafe in Portlaoise is set to open this week

In Pictures: A sneak peek as Zach Tuohy’s Wandering Elk cafe prepares to open

Something is brewing on Bull Lane in Portlaoise. And it’s not just the smashing new pavements and cobblestones. It’s got a buzz about it. A...
Breslin's Pharmacy on Main Street Portlaoise are moving to the Parkside Shopping Centre

End of an era in Portlaoise as Breslin’s Pharmacy and busy GP surgery move...

Yesterday marked the end of an era for the owners and staff of Breslin's Pharmacy in Portlaoise as they served customers for the last...
The Falls Glenbarrow

New cafe to open at popular Glenbarrow Falls ahead of tearooms development

Coffee is the order of the day all over the country - and a hugely popular Laois beauty spot is to get a new...
One Stop Fulfillment

Laois delivery company carves out niche following huge rise in online shopping

The huge rise in online shopping has been a boom to a Laois delivery company which is carving out a considerable reputation offering small...
Bowe's Durrow

Planning granted for extension to popular Laois restaurant

Bowe's Foodhall and Café in Durrow is one of the most popular eating establishments in the county and they have recently been granted planning...
Carphone Warehouse closing

Portlaoise Carphone Warehouse to close as company set to shut more than 80 stores...

Carphone Warehouse are set to close their 80 stores in Ireland - including their shop in Portlaoise. In total it will lead to the loss...