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One fifth of roads in Laois are treated in freezing weather

Just over one fifth of roads in Laois are treated during freezing conditions, it was confirmed recently. The recent meeting of Laois County Council heard...

Drivers rammed gates to rally in field

Gates were rammed in a field behind Knockmay where drivers then rallied around the field, according to a local councillor. Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley described...

Rural lighting needed for people in fear of crime

Public lighting has become a major issue due to the surge in rural crime, with a new policy required to provide one-off lights according...

County Councillor warns CIE that ‘our day will come’

A Laois County Councillor has fired a warning shot towards CIE following a dispute over a footpath in Portlaoise. The matter arose at a recent...

Objections to Portlaoise orbital road withdrawn

The withdrawal of objections lodged with An Bord Pleanala to compulsory purchase orders for the Portlaoise Orbital Southern Road has been described as “great...

Calls for publication of report on future of Portlaoise hospital

The Minister for Health has been called on to publish the report on the future services at Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Cllr Jerry Lodge had...

Invasive Japanese knotweed growing at 60 locations in Laois

A total of 60 sites where Japanese knotweed is growing have been identified in Laois. The monthly meeting of Laois County Council heard that 600...

Residents assaulted and intimidated in anti-social behaviour in estates

Council tenants who are causing anti-social behaviour - including assaulting and intimidating neighbours - should be evicted, the monthly meeting of Laois County Council...

Council facing massive bill over windfarm legal challenge

Costs to fight a legal challenge against a decision by Laois County Council to effectively make Laois a windfarm-free zone could end up costing...

Council agrees to property tax increase of 10%

Local Property Tax (LPT) in Laois is to be increased by 10 per cent following an agreement by members of Laois County Council this...

Laois Culture Night events launched

A host of events across Laois have been unveiled for Culture Night on Friday September 22. The programme was launched in Aras an Chontae, by...

Portlaoise public toilets shut over naked electric wire fears

Exposed electrical wires and evidence of drug use are the reasons behind the continued closure of the public toilets at Lyster Square in Portlaoise. The...

Free entry proposed for over 65s in Laois leisure centres

Local leisure centres could not afford to let senior citizens use their swimming pools free of charge, the monthly meeting of Laois County Council...

Soaring cost of Portlaoise Library won’t put council finances at risk

A further €1.5 million in government funding is being sought for the new Portlaoise library, with Laois County Council unwilling to allow its finances...

Extension planned for Castle Durrow

Castle Durrow is planning an extension to its wedding banquet hall, at the renowned country house hotel. The hotel and wedding venue submitted a planning...

Laois Food businesses to receive new training

Up to thirty food businesses in Laois will be able to receive specialist training and mentoring to help develop their business this September. 'Connect 2...

Top Tweets and Facebook comments of the Week

We've picked our the top Tweets from Laois people and the best comments of the week on our Facebook feed. Ross Munnelly threw it back...

Deadline looming for Laois Community Voluntary awards

The deadline is fast approaching to enter nominees for Laois County Council's Community and Voluntary Awards 2017. The Healthy and Active Community Award recognises clubs...

There’s major drama in Rathdowney

A three-day introduction to drama workshop will be held at the Youth Café in Rathdowney from Tuesday, 15 July to Thursday, 27 July. The workshops...

Housing development planned for south Laois

Twenty new houses are being planned in south Laois, with an application for planning permission submitted this week. Jim McDonald has lodged an application with...

Council’s Housing Department has more than 1,000 repairs outstanding

The Laois County Council's Housing Department has more than 1,000 repairs on homes waiting to be carried out, a meeting has heard. Head of Housing...

Vacant liaison officer position leading to anti-social behaviour

A vacant liaison officer position in the Laois County Council is leading to a rise in anti-social behaviour amongst unruly tenants. So a recent Municipal...

Councillors reaffirm vote to zone Laois a wind turbine-free county

Laois County Councillors have once again voted to not to allow any part of the county be zoned for wind turbines. The Councillors previously did so...

New Portlaoise library set to cost €5 million

A new library in Portlaoise, planned to be in operation by 2019, is set to cost almost €5 million. The startling figure was confirmed by...

Can you name all 19 County Councillors in Laois?

In May 2014, all of the people of Laois took the polling boots and elected 19 County Councillors. These are split among three Municipal Districts...

The Sunday Interview: Steeped in political history, Padraig Fleming is set...

Cllr Padraig Fleming will reach the pinnacle of local politics when he is elected chairman of Laois County Council on Monday. With his own Fianna...

Controversy as Cllr Moran elected municipal chair

There was controversy at this afternoon's Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District meeting following the election of Cllr John Moran as chairman for the next year. At the...

High-speed broadband being rolled out in Laois

Around 22,000 homes and premises in Laois now have high-speed broadband with a further 5,000 plus premises to be connected in the coming years. Orlagh...

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...