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Fianna Fail choose successor for vacant Portlaoise seat following death of Jerry Lodge

Fianna Fail have selected Pauline Madigan to fill the vacant Laois County Council seat left vacant following the death of the long-serving Jerry Lodge...

Prime Portlaoise town centre site gets new zoning status

The potential of the Maltings Site in Portlaoise was highlighted with its change of zoning in the draft Portlaoise Local Area Plan this week. The...

Council agrees to zone extra Portlaoise land for housing

An additional 18 hectares of land have been zoned residential under the draft Portlaoise Local Area Plan which could allow for an additional 5-600...

Portlaoise roundabout gets approval from council for public consultation

A decision by Laois County Council to go ahead with pedestrian and cycling improvements at a busy roundabout in Portlaoise will be notified to...

Safety measures on busy Portlaoise road will reduce car park spaces

A number of parking spaces will be lost on the Stradbally Road in Portlaoise when double yellow lines are installed as a safety measure...

Weeds should not prevent river from being fixed

A River Barrow tributary needs its banks repaired as the condition of the banks of the River Douglas is deteriorating. Cllr John Moran gave the...

‘Parent behaviour’ often causes parking problems at schools, says Laois council official

Parents' behaviour during drop off and pick up times is part of the problem at school car parks, according to a senior engineer at...

ESB pole danger in Timahoe

A new request to remove ESB pole blocking the sightline of drivers at a Timahoe corner for years has been sent into Laois County...

Portlaoise housing estate now waiting over 15 years for council to take it in...

The 15 year delay in having an estate in Portlaoise taken in charge by the council has been labelled an embarrassment by a local...

New houses planned in field behind oldest estate in Portlaoise

A voluntary housing body is to build 34 new houses on the field behind O’Moore Place as part of the planned regeneration programme for...

Cllr King on song as he is elected first citizen of Laois

Councillor John King serenaded Laois County Council with his rendition of Lovely Laois as he was elected Cathaoirleach this afternoon. The Rathdowney councillor was elected...
Cllr Pádraig Fleming

Padraig Fleming reflects on busy year as Cathaoirleach

Three ambassadors were welcomed to Laois by Cllr Padraig Fleming in the past year in addition to him marching down 5th and 6th Avenue...

No more jumping off Castletown bridge

The issue of more safety measures on the Castletown bridge was raised at the latest Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting. Cllr James Kelly said that a...

From butcher to caretaker to Cathaoirleach – the remarkable political journey of John King

From leaving school at 16 and a varied working life, Cllr John King becomes the first citizen of Laois tomorrow, when he is set...

Laois is the safest place for a stray dog in Ireland, but costs have...

New figures show that Laois has one of only two county pounds in Ireland where no dog died in 2017. New statistics for the Department...
On the spot fines for road side dwellers

Busy N80 junction needs further works carried out

A busy N80 road junction in Laois needs more works even after 'extensive' work was carried out on it in 2017. The Nyra junction on...

Contract to straighten notorious Laois road will be awarded in October

A €2.5 million project to straighten dangerous bends in Arles is due to be awarded in October. The accident black spot at Maidenhead has tender...

New Cathaoirleach and leas-Cathaoirleach for Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district have been chosen

The new Cathaoirleach (chairperson) and Leas Cathaoirleach (vice-chairperson) of the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting have been chosen. Councillor Paddy Bracken is the new Cathaoirleach while...

Laois fire service has received 12 hoax calls so far this year

Laois firefighters have been called out to almost 240 emergencies from January to May this year. The county's busy fire and rescue service went to...

Laois leisure centres could be amalgamated

Portlaoise and Portarlington Lesuire Centres could be amalgamated under a new review. The two leisure centres in Laois are both funded by Laois County Council,...

Reintroduction of tax relief for trade union subs

Tax relief on trade union subscriptions should be re-introduced, the monthly meeting of Laois County Council heard. Cllr Noel Tuohy had a motion before the...

Funding wanted for CCTV cameras to stop boy racers

A request has been sent to the Department of Justice to pay for CCTV cameras to monitor 'boy racers' destroying roundabouts near Emo. Transport Infrastructure...

Study venue one of several proposals from Laois Comhairle na nÓg

The current library building at Lyster Square could become a study centre for students, Laois County Council has heard. The details were relayed during a...
There is a crime spree in Stradbally at present

Eir must provide broadband to all areas of Stradbally

Eir has been asked to broaden high-speed broadband to all parts of Stradbally, as it is now only covering a limited area. Laois County Council...
Mountmellick was under siege from floods this week

Lack of river cleaning along with €9 million flood defences labelled ‘scandalous’

No dredging of the River Barrow as part of the €9 million defence programme for Mountmellick Portarlington and Clonaslee has been labelled “scandalous”. Cllr Seamus...

Child safety is a major concern at dangerous blind bend near school

Serious concerns over road accident risks at Sandy Lane NS have been raised and Laois County Council are being urged to buy land for...

Over thirty families move into new homes in Portlaoise

A total of thirty-three new families were allocated their new homes at Conniberry Way in Portlaoise this week, it was confirmed at the monthly...
Disgusting images of dumping in rural Laois

Dumping in Clonaslee is an ‘eyesore’

Illegal dumping is a 'disgraceful eyesore' in Brockera, Clonaslee and Cush, according to one local councillor at the latest Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting. Cllr Seamus...
Footpath updates called on for Raheen Cemetery

More cemetery spaces needed in Laois

There is serious pressure in cemetery spaces in Laois as more people are being buried in the county due to a fall in the...
The land at Togher on the outskirts of Portlaoise

Concerns raised for residents over Portlaoise development works

Concerns were expressed on behalf of residents close to Togher where Laois County Council plans to develop an ambitious 72 acre enterprise park. The issue...
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