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Ongoing saga of pedestrianisation of Portlaoise’s Main Street raises its head again

Nothing is straight forward in these times and if anything is symbolic of the strange circumstances we're now in, it's the saga of the...
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Portlaoise Courthouse is letting the town down, claims local councillor

Portlaoise Courthouse "is a poor reflection of our principal town in Laois" according to Cllr Thomasina Connell, who called on Laois County Council to...

Laois County Council urged to up their social media game

Laois County Council's use of social media "needs attention", according to Fine Gael councillor Thomasina Connell, the new chairperson of Portlaoise Municipal District. She brought...

Concerns expressed over new developments in Portlaoise – as well as anger over a...

It's not that often that you'll have local councillors in full agreement on a topic - but the seven elected representatives for the Portlaoise...

Calls for lorries to be banned from using Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise

Large articulated lorries should not be allowed to use the Mountmellick Road and come through Portlaoise town centre - and instead should be forced...

Portlaoise councillors push for extended pedestrianisation of Main Street

It's not very often that all seven elected Laois County Councillors for the Portlaoise area (or any area for that matter) will agree on...

Planning sought for new doctor’s surgery in centre of Portlaoise

Planning permission has been sought for the development of a doctor's surgery at the old Miller's Hardware off Bull Lane in the centre of...

Appeal for bottle banks to be installed on Mountmellick Road side of Portlaoise town

With the pubs closed for the last couple of months, there has been an understandable increase in the number of people opting to have...

Calls for a new road to link Stradbally and Dublin Roads in Portlaoise

Portlaoise-based councillor Catherine Fitzgerald has called for Laois County Council to give serious consideration to connecting the Dublin Road and Stradbally Road in the...

Cycle lane could be added to old main Dublin Road at The Heath

A proposal to add a cycle lane to the old main Dublin Road from the Kildare border outside Monasterevin to The Heath is being...

Tempers flare as proposal for a pedestrian crossing in Stradbally gets out of hand

Whether it was the boredom of the past couple of months that was getting to them or the frustrations of lockdown, a right row...

Laois County Council keen to purchase five properties in Killeen for housing purposes

Laois County Council have made an offer to purchase five houses in the Bruach na hAbhainn estate in Killeen to us "use for housing...

Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts

Three new chairs of the three Municipal Districts in Laois have been elected in the last day. Fianna Fail's Seamus McDonald and the Fine Gael...

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...