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New plan for Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise warmly welcomed after years of neglect

A number of short-term measures in the coming weeks will be introduced as funding is awaited for a major upgrade of the busy Mountmellick...

Turf war as councillors clash over bog access

A number of Laois County Councillors have spoken out about the current situation where people are unable to access Bord na Móna bogs to...

Councillors hit out at new fast-track planning system as ‘further erosion of Local Government’

Laois County Councillors have questioned a new fast-track planning system, that allows An Bord Pleanála grant permission to large residential building projects. The Strategic Housing...

Laois County Council could be at the loss of millions due to Coronavirus crisis

The loss of rates payment by businesses to Laois County Council could end up costing them millions in lost income, it has been revealed. Sinn...

Laois County Council make decision on rates during Coronavirus pandemic

Laois County Council have decided not to issue any commercial rates bills to businesses for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The decision...

Laois County Council launch Community Support Covid-19 free helpline

Laois County Council have launched a new Community Support helpline to help people during the Covid-19 pandemic. This helpline will operate seven days per week...

Laois County Council to take monthly meeting online amid Coronavirus outbreak

For the first time in their history, Laois County Council will hold their monthly meeting via conference call on Monday in a bid to...

Water and housing among the key council priorities in attempts to delay onset of...

Laois County Council have announced their key priorty areas in response to the most recent developments in trying to delay the widespread onset of...

On yer bike – Laois gears up to improve safety and facilities for cyclists

Good news for cyclists and cycling enthusiasts in Laois this week as there are plans to increase and improve cycle lanes and other bike...

Funding sought to improve road surface between Portarlington and Gracefield

Portarlington based Fianna Fail Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick is seeking additional funding for the resurfacing of the R420 from Gracefield to Portarlington. The proposal under the 2020...

High speed broadband is coming at last – and a Laois man will deliver...

Sure, there have been lots of promises and lots of delays when it comes to high-speed broadband. But a solution seems finally in sight. The...

Manager invited to visit Laois town ‘some dark night’

It sounds ominous alright. But it’s not as sinister or salacious as it might first appear. But yes, the Chief Executive of Laois County Council, John...

Laois County Council pause plans for new quarry near popular bog

There were objections and expressions of shock and disapproval to a planning application for a new quarry near Abbeyleix Bog recently. However, Laois County Council...

Concerns over privacy at County Hall ‘confession boxes’ to be addressed

Serious concerns about how members of the public are treated in terms of privacy, dignity and confidentiality at the local authority offices at County...

Laois trip to the States for St Patrick’s Day to proceed despite detractors

An official trip to the United States by a small Laois delegation on the occasion of the St Patrick’s Day festivities is going ahead,...

Gardaí block child sexual abuse material from internet sites

Child Abuse Material has been blocked from internet sites by An Garda Síochána and Irish Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Interpol "Worst Of" List (IWOL) contains...

Leniency sought for ‘well meaning’ bottle bank offenders

The scenario. It’s the week or so after Christmas or New Years. You load up the wine, beer and mineral bottles in boxes in the boot...

Nuns praised for generous gift of convent site for social housing

Approval has been given for work to advance on a major new social housing development and ancillary services in the heart of Portlaoise town. The...

Sand bags, stress and sympathy but no quick solutions in sight for Laois flooding

Not surprisingly there have been a flood of concerns over flooding across Laois this week. Virtually non-stop rainfall and water-logged land have combined to put...

Shock and objections greet plans for new Laois quarry

There have been a series of objections and expressions of shock and disapproval to a planning application for a new quarry in the county. Booth...

Unresponsive contractors ‘should not receive council work’

Contractors who carry out work for Laois County Council - but don't engage or respond to complainants after they have finished should not get...

Portarlington footpaths, dangerous road and parking issues

The town of Portarlington is in line for a major upgrade of its footpaths but local councillor Aidan Mullins did raise some concerns about...

Slow progress on facilities for Rock of Dunamaise

Having additional parking, toilet and information facilities at the Rock of Dunamaise has long been an issue with local county councillors in Laois and...

Disabled drivers the loo-sers due to inconvenience of new public convenience

While there is a generally warm welcome for the news that the public toilets in Portlaoise are to be finally renovated and re-opened, not...

People reporting drug dealing should be ‘protected at all times’

People who wish to report drug dealing in their estates should have their identity protected at all costs was the strong view of Laois...

New Director of Services takes up post at County Hall

A new director-of- Services has taken up his post with Laois County Council. Mr Joe Delaney attended his first meeting of the local authority last...

New committee set up to liaise on Electric Picnic issues

A new committee has been established to deal with public concerns regarding the Electric Picnic. And in the long worn tradition of so many Irish...

Portlaoise Panthers ‘beyond capacity’ as debacle over sports hall continues

It has been an incredible few days for Portlaoise Panthers after they bagged two All Ireland trophies in the space of three days. Their U-18...

No takers for St Patrick’s Day trip to New York

In a bizarre turn of events, there are no takers for a trip to New York to represent County Laois at the New York...

Enforcement notice served on illegal Mountrath encampment

Laois County Council have confirmed that they have served an enforcement notice on the illegal encampment of caravans at Shannon Road in Mountrath. The notice...