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No progress in sight for Portarlington relief road

The Portarlington relief road is a roadway that’s going nowhere fast it seems. There is no sign of any progress whatsoever for the long awaited...

Slow progress at last on Laois speed limits

While some councillors felt that the review of Laois speed limits had dragged on to the point where they would soon be passing themselves...

Sinn Féin scrap over make-up of Council committees

There was a right good verbal spat at the Council over the make-up of the local authority Special Policy Committees (SPCs) for the next...

Cervical checks concerns emphatically laid bare by local councillor

One of the county’s newest councilors announced her arrival in convincing fashion this week when she emphatically laid bare the concerns sweeping the country...

Sofa so good, for Laois mattress amnesty

The Laois mattress amnesty is in full swing. It’s proving hugely popular. That’s a good reflection on the county. In other countries they are trying to...

Almost 600 complaints to Laois County Council this year over illegal dumping

Laois County Council is continuing with its carrot and stick approach to illegal dumping and waste management - and so far this year it...

Laois cemetery works being buried in red tape

Laois has 27 local authority cemeteries. The ongoing delays in carrying out works at Laois cemeteries was a cause of frustration and annoyance for Laois...

E-tendering framework killing small local businesses

The rules and regulations that compel agencies like Laois County Council to put contracts out for quotes by e-tender is detrimental to Laois businesses...

Those dreaded words, ‘subject to funding’

You know the feeling.  Everyone’s been there at some stage or other. Those dreaded words: “It’s not you, it’s me.” Well, there is a political equivalent at...

Derelict Laois property a danger to the public

It’s been another long running saga but the danger of a derelict Laois property inflicting serious injury on an unsuspecting member of the public...

Slieve Blooms attraction the victim of its own success

One of the most popular attractions in the county is proving a victim of its own success. Glenbarrow in the Slieve Blooms continues to attract...

Heavy traffic taking its toll on Laois bridges

Heavy traffic is taking its toll on some old bridges in rural parts of Laois this week’s meeting of the Borris-Mountmellick district was told. The...

‘Worst footpath in Laois,’ to be replaced

"It's the worst footpath in Laois", these were the words of local councillor Pascal McEvoy, in regards to the footpath at The Drive estate...

Councillor Aisling Moran makes it a clean sweep at her first municipal district meeting

Recently elected local councillor Aisling Moran saw a hattrick of her motions passed at her first ever Graiguecullen-Portarlington municipal district meeting as a sitting...

New wheelchair parking and stop sign for Stradbally

A new wheelchair parking bay and 'Stop' sign will be installed in Stradbally, as two motions requesting both were passed at the recently Graiguecullen-Portarlington...

Behind every good man … is a Laois woman, ask Shane Lowry

The secret ingredient of super star golfer Shane Lowry’s success is revealed. The elusive X-factor is not his caddie or dedicated training on the putting...

Long-awaited repairs to Timahoe cemetery expected to be carried out late 2019 or early...

Work on the dangerous wall in Timahoe cemetery are expected to be carried out towards the end of 2019 or early 2020. The works are...

No functioning lights at pedestrian crossings a source of danger say local councillors

Lights at pedestrian crossings not being turned on can cause road accidents, say local councillors. The discussion arose during yesterday's Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District meeting. Cllr Aidan...

Laois social housing adaption works 2019 funding slashed to two-thirds of last year’s amount

It has been revealed that the 2019 allocation for adaption works to the social housing stock within the county is €242,000. This is a reduction...

Over 100 solicitors attend major legal conference in Laois

Over 100 solicitors from the midlands attended the Midland General Practice Update 2019, a major legal conference which took place in the Midlands Park...

Case made to bring a third level college to Portlaoise

The case has been made to a bring a third level college to Portlaoise. It was highlighted that this would bring educational opportunities and employment...

Astronomical cost of Mountmellick footpath gets the cold shoulder

A suggestion that the Council would provide a hard shoulder instead of a proper public footpath between Debicott and the Rock School in Mountmellick...

No roundabout for ‘dangerous’ and ‘neglected’ Mountmellick road

Portlaoise is a town filled with roundabouts. Yet there will not be a roundabout put in place at the second entrance to Newpark opposite...

Concerns over the future of Portlaoise Mail Centre

Concerns over the future of Portlaoise Mail Centre were raised at today's meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District. An Post has four mail centres across...

Stained glass window in Laois could be a priceless and world renowned piece

This stained glass window could an internationally renowned piece and must be saved, remarked one Laois county councillor. The stained glass window in question is...

Five days on average to fix public lighting in Portlaoise area

It has taken an average of 5.3 days to fix public lighting in the Portlaoise area from January to March 2019. The figures for the...

Residents in same estate paying twice as much as their neighbours to live there

Depending on whether you're a resident who comes under the Laois County Council authority or a resident who comes under Carlow County Council, you...

If ‘those lads in Dublin’ heard first-hand about lack of rural broadband, they would...

Portlaoise councillors recently revealed that broadband services were the one topic they were ‘getting it in the neck’ from by residents on doorsteps. Since then,...

Multi-use sport ground to be built in growing Laois community

A multi-use sport ground will be built in Graiguecullen to cater for the growing young population in the area. This news was revealed at the...

Glowing tributes paid to councillor John Moran at his last ever municipal district meeting

It was an emotional day at Laois County Council offices today as Cathaoirleach of Portlarington/Graiguecullen John Moran sat in the head seat for his...
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