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New Laois County Councillor appointed following selection at online convention

Laois County Council are set to have their newest member after he was officially selected to fill a vacant seat. Ballyroan native Barry Walsh will...

Leading candidate emerges to fill Laois County Council seat left vacant...

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...

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

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

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...

Warm tributes paid to Councillor Mary Sweeney following retirement announcement

There were warm tributes to Councillor Mary Sweeney at this morning's monthly meeting of Laois County Council. The Fine Gael Councillor announced her intention to...

Long-serving Laois county councillor announces retirement after 22-year local political career

Long-serving Laois County Councillor Mary Sweeney has announced her retirement from politics. Her decision to call time brings to an end a distinguished local political...

Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12...

Fine Gael County Councillor Mary Sweeney has been elected as the chairperson of the Portlaoise Municipal District for the next 12 months. Laois County Council...

Calls for a playground to be constructed in two Laois villages

Two Laois County Councillors have called for a playground to be constructed in two Laois villages. Raheen and Ballyroan were the subject of motions put...

Warm welcome for Irish Water decision to upgrade wastewater treatment plant...

Ballyroan wastewater treatment plant has now been selected for upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme, Irish Water and Laois...

Calls for old Laois ‘eyesore’ school to be used for ‘good...

A call has been made for an old Laois school, which is now derelict, to be handed back to the community so they can...

Calls for Laois heritage and tourism sites to go green for...

A Laois County Councillor has called for heritage and tourism locations in Laois to turn green for St Patrick's Day. Fine Gael Councillor Mary Sweeney...

Update sought on Council plan on facilitation of public spaces for...

Laois County Councillor Mary Sweeney has sought an update from Laois County Council on how they plan for the facilitation of public spaces for...

Saturday free parking sought in Portlaoise for Christmas period

Free parking in Portlaoise for the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas has been sought by local Councillors. Fine Gael Councillor Mary Sweeney had initially...

Fundraiser launched to bring Christmas lights to Laois village

For the last 40 years, Ballyroan has been beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. However, due to Covid restrictions this year, fundraising efforts have been...

Laois village to get new playground as Laois County Council gives...

A brand new playground is on its way to a Laois village - after a plan to construct it was given the green light...

Frustration over slow progress on new Portlaoise courthouse

The ongoing issue of the courthouse raised its head at the recent Portlaoise Municipal District meeting in Laois County Council as the elected representatives...

Additional car charging facilities sought for Abbeyleix

Only one electric car charging point in Abbeyleix isn't nearly enough and a request should be made to the ESB to instal additional points...

Calls for more welcoming approach signs when entering Portlaoise

Laois County Council should put in place more attractive 'Welcome to Portlaoise' signs on the main roads into the town to "enhance the aesthetics...

Ballyroan call for council support for new walking track in village

Plans are in place for a new walking track linking the village of Ballyroan to the local GAA club with Cllr Mary Sweeney urging...

Portlaoise Courthouse is letting the town down, claims local councillor

Portlaoise Courthouse "is a poor reflection of our principal town in Laois" according to Cllr Thomasina Connell, who called on Laois County Council to...

Mixed views among Fine Gael’s elected representatives in Laois on Government...

There are varied views among Fine Gael elected representatives in this area about the proposed Programme for Government that would see a coalition formed...

Shock and sadness at the sudden death of Jim McDonald

The sad death has occurred of Timahoe native Jim McDonald, who passed away suddenly on Thursday morning. Late of Newtown, Ballyroan and Straffan in Kildare,...

Electric Picnic and I: The Laois politician that got on stage...

Brought to you in association with Expert Laois In the latest instalment of our Electric Picnic and I series, we caught up with local county...

Box by box – how your area voted in the 2019...

There were 31 boxes in the Portlaoise Municipal District - with 22 of them in Portlaoise and the remaining nine spread across a wide...

ELECTED: Ballyroan woman Mary Sweeney takes sixth seat in Portlaoise area

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Ballyroan's Mary Sweeney has taken the sixth seat in Portlaoise for the Laois County Council. She...

Battle for the last seat in Portlaoise set to go right...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union Six of the seven seats in the Portlaoise Municipal District are set to be won...

Moment in Time: Sweeney wades through the muck to deliver Sewage Scheme for Ballyroan

There's many things that local councillors can be proud of - but for Ballyroan-based Fine Gael candidate Mary Sweeney, the delivery of a long-awaited...

Living with a county councillor – we speak to three families...

Brought to you in association with People First Credit Union As part of our coverage coming up to the Local Elections on Friday May 24,...

Moment in Time: New school opening in 2017 a joyous occasion...

There were scenes of great happiness in Ballyroan on a June afternoon in 2017 as the new primary school in the village was officially...

Moment in Time: Remembering Mary Sweeney’s year as Cathaoirleach of Laois...

Ballyroan native Mary Sweeney was first elected to Laois County Council in 1999 - but as she gets set to contest a fifth election...