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Cost of street lights and ramps continue to soar

Building inflation is back with a bang it seems and apparently no one wants to do a small job again. As County Councillors wrestle with...

Dozens of boom time Laois estates left in limbo

Ghost estates that blighted many Laois towns after the banking and property crash of a decade ago may be banished, but the problems still...

‘Flooding fears’ over blocked drains in Laois town

A call for drain cleaning on all minor storm drains in and around Mountmellick was made at the recent Municipal District meeting of the...

Portlaoise ring road opening pushed back again as November 1 now...

The new ring road around Portlaoise - which will link the Timahoe Road to the Abbeyleix Road - has been hit with further delays...

Flower power boost for pollinators on Laois roads

Good news for residents, motorists … and butterflies and bees this week. Laois County council has agreed to embrace a proposal to plant more wild...

8 year boil notice has Laois residents boiling mad

A boil notice for a day is a nuisance; for a week, well that’s a bother; for a year, you’d say ‘you’ve got to...

Claims of threats for highlighting anti-social behaviour

The vexed issue of anti-social behaviour in housing estates and unruly threatening behaviour from those responsible continues to preoccupy the authorities. Albeit with some reluctance...

Laois Climate Change report warmly received, but …

There has been a warm welcome at the County Council for the adoption of the Laois Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. However, there were shades of...

NPA refuse to contribute to cost of road works for the...

A meeting of Laois County Council has heard that the local authority had to plough almost €200k of its own funds into road works...

House repairs are carried out by the book but rules may...

The difficulty in getting small jobs and minor house repairs carried out for local authority tenants in Laois Council houses is the latest bugbear...

Electric Picnic told get its house in order for 2020

The organisers of the Electric Picnic have been sent an unambiguous message to clean up their act and to address safety concerns before next...

200,000 medical card cuts ‘the meanest of all’

“We all second that,” affirmed the Chairman, Cllr Willie Aird this week as he led unanimous support for his Council colleague Noel Tuohy’s call...

Homeless Laois children forced to commute to school from Offaly

Homeless Laois children are being forced to commute to school from County Offaly as there is no emergency accommodation to house them closer to...

Horror stories emerging from Laois housing estates

The horrendous incidents from some Laois housing estates revealed this week are so shocking as to seem improbable, implausible, and impossible even. Unfortunately, they are...

Residents left in limbo as bridge in Portlaoise is abruptly closed

There were cross words and crossed wires as it was revealed that an old bridge across the River Triogue in Portlaoise has been abruptly...

New Director arrives in Laois as Michael Rainey departs

There was good news and bad news to greet Portlaoise councillors at their municipal meeting this week. They were all smiles and delighted to be...

No progress in sight for Portarlington relief road

The Portarlington relief road is a roadway that’s going nowhere fast it seems. There is no sign of any progress whatsoever for the long awaited...

Slow progress at last on Laois speed limits

While some councillors felt that the review of Laois speed limits had dragged on to the point where they would soon be passing themselves...

Sinn Féin scrap over make-up of Council committees

There was a right good verbal spat at the Council over the make-up of the local authority Special Policy Committees (SPCs) for the next...

Cervical checks concerns emphatically laid bare by local councillor

One of the county’s newest councilors announced her arrival in convincing fashion this week when she emphatically laid bare the concerns sweeping the country...

Sofa so good, for Laois mattress amnesty

The Laois mattress amnesty is in full swing. It’s proving hugely popular. That’s a good reflection on the county. In other countries they are trying to...

Almost 600 complaints to Laois County Council this year over illegal...

Laois County Council is continuing with its carrot and stick approach to illegal dumping and waste management - and so far this year it...

Backing for Laois beef farmers crucial for rural areas, argue Laois...

Beef up beef prices for Laois farmers as rural communities are hugely reliant on farm family incomes for survival. That was the clear and direct...

Praise, plaudits and even profits for Portarlington swimming pool

Running a swimming pool is no easy task. A lot of the time it’s about trying to keep your head above water and even more...

Laois County Council initiative to get rid of your old mattress,...

Laois County Council are once again running their Free Mattress and Couch Amnesty at various locations around the county in August. Bring your old mattress,...

Laois councillors request meeting with Housing Minister following ‘stupid’ affordable housing...

Laois County Councillors are requesting a meeting with the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy after they deferred a vote on a draft Affordable Housing...

Laois Councillor hits out at ‘long delay’ in delivering Local Election...

A Laois County Councillor has hit out at the slow pace of counting in the Local Elections in the county at the end of...

Chairmen and vice-chairs elected at first Council meetings of local areas

Three new chairmen and vice-chairpersons have been elected this morning as the three local areas of Laois County Council met for the first time...

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...

REVEALED: 82 positions filled on bodies by Laois County Councillors

Aside from the business of electing Willie Aird as chairman and John Joe Fennelly as vice-chair, Laois County Councillors also had to appoint members...