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€1 million in funding for Laois secured for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

€1,031,693 in funding has been secured for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Laois and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs). The...
Flanagan AIT

First ever Technological University announced for the Midlands

Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan, has today welcomed the establishment of a new Technological University in the Midlands following confirmation from his colleague...
Fianna Fail

Laois-Offaly Ógra Fianna Fáil to celebrate 95th anniversary with special online event

The Ógra units of Fianna Fáil in Laois and Offaly are holding a special online event to mark the 95th anniversary of the party's...
Brian Stanley on Covid-19

Laois TD urges cross-party support for Sinn Féin mental health motion

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has urged cross-party support for Sinn Féin’s motion calling for an emergency response to the accelerating mental health crisis. This...

New Laois county councillor confirmed as Fine Gael fill vacancy

A new councillor will be officially co-opted to Laois County Council later this month after Fine Gael today completed the process of electing a...

Laois man in the running for top position in Ógra Fianna Fáil

A Laois man is set to contest the position of Uachtarán (President) of Ógra Fianna Fáil this weekend. On Saturday, the youth wing of Fianna...

A political convention like no other as Fine Gael candidates make their case

In normal times the Fine Gael delegates from around the county would have gathered in a hotel function room or a community hall. There would...

Fine Gael members to have their say as two names confirmed for convention battle

Fine Gael members in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District will convene on Monday evening for a virtual convention to hear from the candidates in the...

Contest for Fine Gael seat down to two candidates as former councillor James Daly...

The internal battle in Fine Gael for the Laois County Council seat vacated by Tom Mulhall has been reduced to two candidates following the...
Mark Wall

‘All gambling advertising needs to be banned at this stage’

A local senator is leading the way in attempting to get gambling advertising banned after what he described as the saturation of gambling promotions...
Brian Stanley on Covid-19

Laois TD calls on fellow elected officials to back bill on adoptive rights

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley has called on his colleagues in Laois, Offaly and around the country to back a bill on adoptive rights. This...
Catherine Fitzgerald

‘Council deserve huge credit for Low Carbon funding’ says Cathaoirleach

Almost €26 million in funding was announced today as part of the Government's Revitalising the Midlands Programme - with Portlaoise very much leading the...

Over €125,000 in funding for Women for Election group as local senator welcomes support...

Peter Burke, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, today  announced that he has approved funding of €126,159 for...
2016 General Election Laois-Offaly

Election Memories: FF leave seat behind them as Sinn Féin make a gain in...

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on LaoisToday on January 19, 2020, ahead of last year's General Election.  Although joined at the hip since...
Barry Cowen

‘If Barry Cowen shows an interest in becoming leader, he has every chance’

Barry Cowen has "hallmark of a leader" according to John Moloney, former Fianna Fáil Laois-Offaly TD and veteran of the party. Speaking on the LaoisToday...

Future of Fianna Fáil in Laois and nationally at stake, says former Laois-Offaly TD

Former Laois-Offaly TD John Moloney says that the "clock is ticking" on Fianna Fáil to prove that they can be "a party for the...
2011 General Election Laois-Offaly

Election Memories: FF meltdown makes way for Stanley in Laois-Offaly in 2011

This piece by John Whelan was originally published on LaoisToday on January 26, 2020, in the run up to last year's General Election.  Have you...

In Pictures: A selection of classic images from the Laois-Offaly 2011 General Election count

There's something so classicly timeless about election count photos. And even though it's only nine years ago, the photos from the 2011 Laois-Offaly General Election...
Brian Cowen and John Moloney

John Moloney on Brian Cowen – ‘He was dealt a hand that was so...

The Moloneys from Mountmellick and Cowens from Clara are two of the old stock Fianna Fáil families - ones that can trace their lineage...
Sinn Fein TD Patricia Ryan

‘I’m a normal working person … while politics is my passion, my family will...

In every General Election there are countless stories from the hundreds of candidates all over the country. One that really caught the attention in the...

‘We’re always on an election footing … at some point there has to be...

A little over a year ago Laois native Patricia Ryan topped the poll and took the first seat in the Kildare South constituency in...
James Daly, PJ Kelly and Vivienne Phelan are also expected to contest for the vacant Fine Gael seat on Laois County Council

Three names in the hat as contest expected for vacant Fine Gael council seat

Three names have emerged as candidates to fill the Laois County Council seat left vacant following the retirement of Fine Gael's Emo-based councillor Tom...

‘There used to be a vaccine hesitancy, now there is almost a vaccine envy’

Local independent TD Cathal Berry has described the atmosphere in nursing homes as "almost celebratory" during the Covid vaccination rollout and says that whereas...

Giving the Government a C+ and urging Stephen Donnelly to delegate more – local...

Local independent TD Cathal Berry - one of only two doctors in the Dáil - has said he'd grade the Government's response to the...

Calls for those with underlying conditions, SNAs, teachers and family carers to be moved...

Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called on Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to consider revising the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to move certain key groups up...

Laois County Councillor calls for those over 66 to be allowed received Pandemic Unemployment...

A Laois County Councillor has called on the Deptartment of Social Protection to remove the age limit currently in place on the Pandemic Unemployment...

Warm tributes as Tom Mulhall calls time on political career

There have been warm tributes paid to retiring Fine Gael councillor Tom Mulhall, who announced his decision on Friday to step down from political...
Brian Stanley on Covid-19

Laois TD calls on Horse Racing Ireland to explain cash-in-transit loss of €389,000

Sinn Féin TD and Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Brian Stanley has called on the board of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) to...

Laois County Councillor resigns his seat citing health reasons

Laois County Councillor Tom Mulhall has tendered his resignation for health reasons. The Fine Gael politician, who comes from Emo, has stepped down from the...

Calls for safety works on busy Laois road following incident involving mother and child

A Laois County Councillor has called for safety works to be carried out on a busy Laois road, highlighting a near miss between a...