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In Pictures: Emotional Willie Aird sets out stall for year as...

Fine Gael's Willie Aird was filled with emotion as he received the chain of office in the County Council Chamber on Friday. Laois's longest serving...

No roundabout for ‘dangerous’ and ‘neglected’ Mountmellick road

Portlaoise is a town filled with roundabouts. Yet there will not be a roundabout put in place at the second entrance to Newpark opposite...

Political rivalry, departed friends and a new perspective as Fine Gael...

The Fine Gael Local Election selection convention for the Portlaoise Municipal District was held in the Killeshin Hotel on Wednesday night - with the...

Last five years the most difficult says long-serving local councillor as...

Cllr Willie Aird has been a member of Laois County Council since 1979 but he says the last five years have been the most...

No contest needed as Fine Gael select their Portlaoise Local Election...

The late withdrawal of one of the candidates meant that there was no need for a vote at this evening's Fine Gael Local Election selection...

Four Fine Gael candidates set to contest in Portlaoise in Local...

It looks like Fine Gael will run four candidates in the Portlaoise Municipal District in this year's Local Elections. The party are holding their selection...

2018 Remembered – 20 Laois lads we reckon would go viral...

Eoin Scully's appearance on First Dates back in January got us thinking about other Laois men who would be a big hit on reality...

People ‘abandoned’ by politicians as they are told to give up...

Many Laois County councillors stated that they have told people to give up their jobs in order to be eligible for housing waiting lists. People...

Laois school added to Road Salting Programme for 2018-19

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald is "delighted and hopes it is always salted" on news that the the road from the roundabout to The Heath school...

No disabled facilities leaves couple stuck at Portlaoise railway station

A broke elevator caused one couple to have to ring their family and ask for help to leave Portlaoise Railway Station, according to a...

State of Raheen cemetery comes to the fore once again

The issue of Raheen cemetery has been raised under three different motions at both full council and Portlaoise Municipal District meetings this week. Previously described...

‘People in more desperate state than ever’, claims local councillor about...

A Portlaoise-based county councillor has claimed that he has people coming to him "in a more desperate state than ever before" looking for social...

Laois councillors rubber-stamp decision to sell land to Glanbia

The Laois County Council decision to sell five hectares of land to Glanbia for the development of a new cheese factory has been widely...

Council buy old Portlaoise primary school to use as new home...

The old Scoil Mhuire primary school building in Portlaoise has been purchased by Laois County Council from Portlaoise parish - and it will be...

HSE should be ‘broken up’ to improve accountability

The HSE should be broken up along the lines of the old health boards, the monthly meeting of Laois County Council heard. Cllr Willie Aird...

Council housing staff subjected to “outrageous” antisocial behaviour

Housing staff of Laois County Council had to endure “outrageous behaviour” during an antisocial incident involving a person seeking housing accommodation last week, today’s...

Meeting hears of youth ‘beaten into a pulp’ as local assaults...

A young man was beaten into a pulp by two men and then kicked while on the ground for no reason, the Laois Joint...

Level of local cocaine use is ‘mind-boggling’

The level of cocaine use in Portlaoise and throughout the county was labelled as "mind-boggling" by Cllr Willie Aird at the County Laois Joint...

Prison Officers Club should be centre of Portlaoise Renaissance

The Portlaoise Prison Officers Club could form a centre piece of the Renaissance of Portlaoise town centre, Cllr Jerry Lodge has claimed. Speaking at the...

Future of Abbeyleix and Shaen hospitals secured – meeting hears

Abbeyleix hospital will continue as a community hospital, it was confirmed this week. The news was relayed at the monthly meeting of Laois County Council. A...

Cathaoirleach asked if his impressive tie was a gift from President...

The tie worn by cathaoirleach Cllr Padraig Fleming recently was so impressive that he was asked if it was given to him by President...

Urgent plan and garda presence sought for troubled Portlaoise estate

An urgent plan is urgently required for O’Moore Place which has suffered extreme cases of antisocial behaviour including one house being set on fire...

Litter louts should think of staff who have to clean it...

People who dump litter should think of the council staff who have the “awful job” of going through the dumped bags, the recent Portlaoise...

Road resurfacing works sought in Portlaoise

Resurfacing of the back lanes in St Brigid’s Place is to be considered for improvement under the 2018 road programme, it has been confirmed. The...

20 Laois lads we reckon would go viral on Reality TV

Camross man Eoin Scully appeared on First Dates on Tuesday evening and the nation was infatuated by him. His catchphrase, 'How are ya kapin', really...

OPW land could be used for new Portlaoise courthouse

The OPW has between 10 and 20 acres of land which it could use to build the new Portlaoise courthouse on, rather than asking...

Caution urged on planning changes despite end of ‘local need’

The council should hold to its current guidelines according to Laois County Council CEO John Mulholland, despite the ‘local need’ policy being abolished following...

Threats made to Laois council staff – ‘I know where you...

Laois council staff have been threatened by members of the public who have told them that they know where they live and the registration...

Up to €350,000 for a new roundabout

The cost of installing a new roundabout can cost anything between €250,000 to €350,000, the recent Portlaoise Municipal District meeting heard this week. Cllr Willie...

Laois construction waste charges are ‘anti-business’

Charges at the construction and demolition (C&D) waste facility in Portlaoise are harming local jobs, Laois County Council has heard. At the council’s monthly meeting,...