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Thomasina Connell pregnant

Laois Cathaoirleach announces pregnancy as she makes political history in the county

Laois County Council Cathaoirleach Thomasina Connell has announced that she is expecting a baby - making her the first sitting councillor to give birth...
Defence Forces

Local TD welcomes defence measures announced in budget 2023

Local TD Cathal Barry has welcomed the defence measures announced in Budget 2023. The former Army Ranger, an Independent based in Portarlington, welcomed the €67m...

Stanley: ‘Government has failed to support low- and middle-income earners’

The Government has failed to adequately support low- and middle-income workers and renters in Budget 2023, according to Laois-Offaly Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley. Deputy...

Sinn Féin TD welcomes ‘long overdue’ changes to social/council housing threshold

Laois-Offaly Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley says the announcement to be made by the Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien for an increase in the...

Thomasina Connell: ‘We’re due to have a General Election in 2025 … I’d relish...

Thomasina Connell, the current Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, says she would "relish" the opportunity to be a candidate for Fine Gael at the...
ATM

ATMs to be banned in gambling venues, says Laois Minister

The Government is drafting legislation to ban ATMs in gambling venues, according to Laois-Offaly TD Sean Fleming and Minister of Stat in the Department...
Abbeyleix Hospital

Further delays to re-opening beds in Abbeyleix deemed ‘unacceptable’

Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley says that further delays in opening beds in the nursing unit and the Day Care Centre in Abbeyleix...
Rural road Laois

Rural homeowners in Laois to benefit from upgraded laneways and non-public roads

Funding for the Local Improvement Scheme has been doubled to €22 million as part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious policy for rural...
Brian Stanley carers

‘Carers are fulfilling a vital role and I am calling on the Government to...

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley is calling on the Government to improve the situation for Family Carers in the upcoming Budget. “This week I met with...
Cathal Berry Podcast

Independent Laois TD declares support for Government ahead of no confidence motion

A Laois-based Independent TD has declared his support for the Government ahead of a no confidence motion proposed by Sinn Féin. Cathal Berry, who is...
Bus

Laois TD calls for ‘fair treatment’ for rural commuters accessing discounted transport

Rural commuters deserve fair treatment when it comes to accessing discounted transport, a Laois TD has said. Fine Gael' Charlie Flanagan says that as most...
Laois County Council Paschal McEvoy

Local council chairman’s role decided by draw as Fine Gael candidate defies party pact

The AGM of the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District took place in the Laois County Council chamber this afternoon where the only real item of note...
The Heath General

Points scored required to decide final Division 1B places as four teams deadlocked after...

The calculators were out across the county tonight as the top four and bottom four places in Division 1B were decided. Stradbally were already guaranteed...

The Belfast SDLP election candidate on the influence of her primary school days in...

The Northern Ireland Assembly elections are on Thursday week, May 5, and a name appearing on the ballot sheet as an SDLP candidate in...
Laois woman Elsie Trainor will contest the Northern Ireland Assembly elections for the SDLP next year

WATCH: Laois SDLP election candidate the victim of assault after youths attempt to steal...

A SDLP Northern Ireland Assembly election candidate, who is originally from Laois, was the victim of an assault while on the election trail. Elsie Trainor,...

From the Archives – Referendum Watch: How Laois-Offaly voted in the 1986 Divorce Referendum

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in the lead up the referendum that year on the 8th Amendment.  In less than a month, the...
Leo Vardkar Greenfield

Further IDA jobs in the pipeline for Portlaoise as Laois seeks to be open...

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says he's confident there will be another announcement of further IDA-supported jobs in Portlaoise within the next year. Speaking during a visit...
Leo Vardkar Portlaoise Hospital

Varadkar: ‘There aren’t plans to downgrade the hospital … the Government and HSE decided...

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said that downgrading the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise isn't on the agenda - and that a HSE proposal from...
Charlie Flanagan Greenfield Globa

Flanagan intends to contest next General Election, though uncertainty abounds over how constituencies will...

Long-serving Laois Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan says he intends to contest the next General Election, whenever that may be. Deputy Flanagan, who celebrated his...
Martin Heydon, Sean Fleming, Conor Bergin, Pippa Hackett St Patrick's Day

Strong local representation as government announce who is heading abroad for St Patrick’s Day

There will be strong local representation abroad on St Patrick's Day as the government have confirmed who will be Ireland's representatives. Laois TD and Minister...
Sean Fleming Sarah McInerney

Laois TD apologises after cost of living comments provoke angry reactions

Laois TD Sean Fleming has apologised after comments he made about the cost of living provoked an angry reaction last night. Fianna Fail's Fleming, Minister...
Brian Stanley

‘Inadequate’ children’s services in Laois raised in the Dáil

Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley raised the urgent need to improve Laois health services in Dáil this week. Speaking on a Sinn Féin motion...
Eoin Barry Seanad

Date set for upcoming Seanad by-election with Laois man among the candidates

A date has been set for the upcoming Trinity College Seanad by-election where a Laois man is in the running for the seat. Back in...
Barry Walsh Fine Gael

Leading candidate emerges to fill Laois County Council seat left vacant by Mary Sweeney’s...

Ballyroan native Barry Walsh looks set to be co-opted to the Laois County Council seat left vacant following the retirement of long-serving councillor Mary...
Rosie Palmer Green Party

Ballinakill woman selected as Green Party representative for Portlaoise area

The Laois-Offaly branch of the Green Party has selected Rosie Palmer as the new Local Electoral Area Representative for Portlaoise. Rosie is a Laois-native living...
Fianna Fail Laois Offaly 1980s

From the Archives – Election Memories: The turbulent 80s but Laois-Offaly resolutely remains Fianna...

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday archives in the run up to the 2020 General Election. As this year is the 40th anniversary of...
Mary Sweeney Fine Gael

Fine Gael lay out the process for filling council seat left vacant by Mary...

Fine Gael members in the Portlaoise Municipal District will decide at an online convention early next month who will fill the Laois County Council...
Eoin Barry Seanad

Former Laois Local Election candidate set to contest upcoming Seanad by-election

A former Local Election candidate from Laois is set to contest the upcoming Trinity College Seanad by-election. Labour's Eoin Barry has signaled his intention to...
Mary Sweeney

End of an era as Ballyroan’s Mary Sweeney retires from elected office

Heartfelt tributes were paid at Laois County Hall today, as Mary Sweeney retired from her role as a county councillor with the Portlaoise Municipal...
Charlie Flanagan, cows, Ciaran Cuffe

Laois TD hits out at Green Party following MEP’s ‘request to withdraw funding for...

A Laois TD has called on the Green Party to answer questions regarding its views on agricultural investment in light of MEP Ciarán Cuffe’s...