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Almost €300,000 for Laois Sports Partnership in latest round of government...

Sport Ireland has granted €296.721 to Laois Sports Partnership to assist them in their ongoing work in developing sports throughout the county. Funding of €9.5...

12 Laois projects to share in €72,000 from Built Heritage Investment...

12 Laois projects will share in €72,000 in funding from the Built Heritage Investment Scheme. These are from 477 heritage projects across every county in...

Calls for better cycle facilities, improved public transport, a community centre...

Better cycle facilities, improved public transport, a community centre and a town architect were among the suggestions for improving Portlaoise town centre at an...

Warm welcome as Slieve Bloom Outdoor Amenities get €270,000 in funding

There has been a warm welcome from local politicians following the announcement of funding of €270,000 for the Slieve Bloom Outdoor Recreation Infrastucture scheme. "This...

Future of Portlaoise town centre to be discussed at public meeting

A meeting on the future of Portlaoise Town Centre will be held by the Green Party next week. Senator Pippa Hackett, who hails from Geashill...

€1.2m fund to improve homes of older people and people with...

Laois has been allocated €1,263,744 in housing adaptation grants for older people and people with a disability. The work covers carrying out adaptations to houses,...

Two Laois groups awarded funding under Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme

Two Laois groups are to receive more than €14,000 in money through the Funding for Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme. The Abbeyleix Bog Project has been...

€550,000 allocated to retrofit 20 more Laois homes

More than €550,000 has been allocated to Laois County Council under the government's Retrofitting Programme for Social Housing. This programme will see improvement works carried...

13 point plan submitted to improve walking and cycling infrastructure in...

A new speed limit, increased pedestrian crossings and new cycles lanes are some of a proposal to improve infrastructure in a Laois town. The plan...

Almost €450,000 in Community Education Funding for Laois/Offaly Education and Training...

€447,801 of funding has been granted by the government to the Laois Offaly Education and Training Board for community education. This was part of a...

71 vacant houses refurbished in Laois while County Council find permanent...

71 previously vacant houses were fully refurbished in Laois in 2020, latest figures show. €675,592 was spent in the county by the Department for Housing,...

Laois farmers encouraged to apply for Sheep Welfare Scheme

The government have announced that the fifth year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme will commence at the start of next month. Existing participants of the...

Laois businesses urged to seek new energy grants

Government grants worth €14 million for projects delivering best practice in the design, construction and management of energy-efficient buildings are now available for businesses. Successful...

Laois farmers receive more than €47 million from Department of Agriculture...

Between September and December of last year, Laois farmers received over €47 million in payments via different schemes run by the Department of Agriculture. From...

Scheme for people to sell excess renewable energy to the national...

Individuals, farmers, businesses and community groups will be able to sell renewable electricity into the grid under a scheme being developed by the government. A...

Laois among four new retrofitting centres of excellence

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has confirmed four retrofitting centres of excellence are to open within the...

New Year Message from Minister Pippa Hackett

Happy New Year! We are beginning 2021 with a sense of hope. Vaccines have been found for the Coronavirus, so emerging from this crisis now...

Laois communities urged to apply for energy funding

Communities in Laois are being urged to apply for a share of a new €28 million fund for community energy projects across Ireland which...

€19,000 in funding awarded to Laois Society for Prevention of Cruelty...

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has announced record funding awards of €3.2 million to 101 animal welfare organisations throughout...

Extra Covid funding for three groups and a new ambulance for...

Youth, Heritage and Homelessness organisations in Laois are to receive additional money from the Covid Stability fund. The Minister of State with responsibility for Community...

€156,000 in improvement works to be carried out at five Laois...

€156,000 in summer improvement works will be carried out on five Laois schools. Minister for State Pippa Hackett confirmed the allocation earlier this week. Roof works...

28 Laois farmers to share €175,000 in Organic Farming Scheme

28 Laois farmers will share a pot of €176,037 under Organic Farming Scheme payments. Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the...

350 jobs saved in Bord na Mona through Carbon Store and...

The government has confirmed it has allocated €108m for Bord na Móna’s large-scale peatlands restoration project. The Carbon Store and Capture Plan will protect the...

Extension announced for Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme

Communities in bog-rich areas, such as Offaly and Laois, have an extended opportunity to avail of the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme. A fund of €200,000...

‘Sometimes I’ll have to pinch myself. This is actually what it...

Though it's not unprecedented it is unusual for a Senator to be appointed to a ministerial role. When Pippa Hackett was appointed as a 'Super...

LaoisToday Podcast: Pippa Hackett on her Green rise, growing up in...

When Pippa Hackett was growing up in rural Mayo, there was no way she'd have predicted that one day she'd be a General Election...

‘It can’t be either farming or nature, it has to be...

There has rarely been a political career that has been so meteoric. A couple of years ago, Pippa Hackett wasn't even a member of a...

588 Laois farmers to receive €2.1 million as GLAS Payments arrive...

A total of 588 Laois farmers have benefitted from the early release of Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) payments. They have now received €2,100,751.85 between...

Three Laois projects granted €116,440 in CLAR funding

Three Laois projects have qualified for CLAR funding totalling €116,440. A recreation area on the grassy bank of the Grand Canal at Vicarstown is to...

Local senator explains her rationale behind controversial Mother & Baby Homes...

The controversial Mother & Baby Homes Bill was passed in the Dail last night. This concerns the records of mothers and babies put into institutions...