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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...

Frosty reception for calls to grit icy roads near rural schools

Even as temperatures continue to plummet to as much as minus 6 degrees Celsius Laois councillors have been unable to prevail on the local...

A raft of issues in Laois village need to be tackled

A whole litany of issues which need to be tackled in a Laois village have been well ventilated this week. The matters concerning Ballaghmore were...

Durrow one-way, no-way Jose, says Ollie

A proposal to introduce a one-way traffic system for the town of Durrow has been greeted with an emphatic thumbs down by the local...

‘There is going to be someone killed’ unless something is done

Paddy Bracken spelled it out in no uncertain terms. Someone is going to be killed at Turley’s Corner in Mountmellick unless something is done with...

Calls to protect access to complementary treatments from new legislation

Calls have been made to protect complementary and alternative medicines and treatments and their practitioners from the possible impact of proposed new legislation. Proponents of...

Concerns prevail over Electric Picnic 2020 crowds and controls

Tickets for the Electric Picnic 2020 are completely sold out but lingering doubts and concerns continue to prevail over the increased crowds and safety...

New lease of life on the cards for Laois waterways

Hot on the heels of the news of investment and development plans for the River Barrow Blueway through Laois and Kildare, similar proposals are...

Support for farmers but claims that Minister thinks ‘milk comes from a bottle’ in...

Farmers protesting over poor prices for their produce from the factories and supermarkets have got more moral support in Laois this week. A motion before...

Construction set to begin in Portlaoise for new library

The Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Councillor William Aird, and the Chief Executive of Laois County Council, Mr. John Mulholland have signed the contract...

Traffic Wardens ‘only doing their job’ meeting told

Laois traffic wardens are merely ‘doing their job’ on behalf of the County Council in accordance with the local traffic bye-laws and in the...

Rural lighting a major concern while Shanahoe issues also raised

A Laois County Councillor has said that he has had more queries for lighting in rural areas than anything else this winter. Cllr Conor Bergin...

Rivers, roads and Rathdowney – series of issues ire local councillors

Rivers in a "third world state" and "the most urgent issue since I came into the council" were the basis of two motions raised...

Laois school in bad need of further safety measures

The ongoing issue of improved safety measures at The Rock National School was raised once again at the recent Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District meeting in...

Calls for ‘serious road safety’ measures at dangerous Mountmellick road

Anyone that has ever travelled from Portlaoise to Mountmellick via "the back road" will know all about the twists and turns you encounter but...

Calls for parental alienation to be categorised as a form of abuse

It is not the kind of topic that you see raised at Council meetings every day, but the complex and corrosive issue of parental...

Green light for new homes but only after divisive vote

It took a divisive vote to clear the way for six new houses planned for Mountmellick. While the vote itself was divisive it was also...

Laois TD’s Dail vote to end state funding of Greyhound racing defeated

Laois/Offaly TD Brian Stanley called a vote in the Dáil yesterday afternoon to oppose horse racing and greyhound racing being given €86m of taxpayers’...

‘All we want for Christmas is assurances on our hospital’

“All we want for Christmas are assurances on our hospital and our A&E, that would be the best Christmas present ever for the people...

Bashful official left blushing as he is eulogised before his departure

For a man that shuns the limelight, one of the county’s most respected and highly regarded public officials must have had to pinch himself...

HAP hazard being used to doctor housing waiting lists

A proviso of the system whereby those requiring homes are removed from the housing waiting lists once they accept a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)...

Prime Portlaoise property secured in €1.4m sale

A prime parcel of land in close proximity to Portlaoise town centre has been acquired in a sale for €1.4m. The site is located on...

Intervention needed on ‘busy’ Mountmellick Road says Cllr Dwane Stanley

A call has been made for an update on progress made to obtain funding for the three roundabouts that are needed on the Mountmellick...
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