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Local Senator welcomes Cabinet approval to legislate for the designation of...

The Cabinet has given approval to legislate for the designation of safe access zones around healthcare premises to safeguard access to termination of pregnancy...

Local Minister welcomes government increase in paid parental leave

Parents in Ireland can take up to seven weeks paid Parents Leave and Benefit, as part of new measures introduced. Green Party Minister Roderic O’Gorman's...

Local Minister welcomes report that will ‘promote Irish wool domestically and...

The publication of the Wool Feasibility Report was welcomed by Laois Offlay based Minister Pippa Hackett recently. Wool is a sustainable, organic, renewable natural material...

Local Minister welcomes planning permission exemption proposals for rooftop solar panels

Minister Pippa Hackett has welcomed planning permission exemption proposals for rooftop solar panels on homes. The exemption will also cover other buildings from community centres...

Three Laois areas receive funding under Local Community Water Projects scheme

Three Laois areas are to benefit from the Community Water Development Fund issued by the Local Authority Waters Programme. €4,500 is going to the Nore...

Local Minister hires Ukrainian refugee as new parliamentary assistant

A local TD has announced that she has hired a Ukrainian refugee as her new parliamentary assistant. Green Party Minister for Laois-Offaly, Pippa Hackett, has...

Laois raised bogs to receive €15,000 under the Peatlands Community Engagement...

Laois’s raised bogs are set to benefit from an award of €15,000 under the Community Peatlands Engagement Scheme. The award will be made to the...

€190,000 in funding secured for five Laois projects under Community Monuments...

More than €190,000 has been secured for five Laois projects under the Community Monuments Fund. Ballylynan church and graveyard has received the highest alocation with...

More than €350,000 allocated for the improvement of rural Laois roads

€351,880 has been allocated to Laois County Council under the Local Improvement Scheme for upgrade works on rural roads and laneways. The funding under this...

New law imminent to give Laois County Council power to use...

A new law aimed at giving Laois County Council the power to use CCTV to help prosecute those who dump illegally is on the...

Four Laois historical structures share in €124,490 of funding for improvement...

€125,490 has been allocated for four historic properties in Laois under the Historic Structures Fund. The Abbeyleix Old Church will receive €50,000 and this will...

Fur farm in Laois faces closure following introduction of new legislation

Fur Farming is set to be banned in Ireland following the passing of The Animal Health and Welfare and Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021. The...

Laois Domestic Abuse Service approved for €42,500 in government funding

Laois Domestic Abuse Service has been approved for €42,500 in government funding. This funding will assist Laois Domestic Abuse Service to increase their ability to...

Strong local representation as government announce who is heading abroad for...

There will be strong local representation abroad on St Patrick's Day as the government have confirmed who will be Ireland's representatives. Laois TD and Minister...

Ministerial visit to one rural part of Laois highlights enterprising agricultural...

A visit to the small rural area of Killeshin by Minister Pippa Hackett has been used to highlight what can be achieved by agricultural...

Laois schools granted funding of €230,000 under the 2022 Summer Works...

Four Laois schools have been granted funding of €230,000 under the 2022 Summer Works Scheme. Camross National School, Barnashrone National School, St Fergal’s College Rathdowney...

€3 million allocated for Laois for cycling and walking infrastructure in...

Laois has been allocated €3 million for improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure across the county. Nationally, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated funds...

Calls for HGVs to stay out of small towns as survey...

Calls have been made for Higher Goods Vehicles to stop travelling through Laois towns after a survey revealed 30,000 are doing so each year. A...

Peatlands communities urged to apply for share of €500,000 funding scheme

The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme for 2022 is now open and groups are being urged to make applications. The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme is administered...

Local Minister calls for abortion review to examine lack of services...

A review of abortion services in Ireland is being welcomed by Minister Pippa Hackett - but she wants to see the lack of services...

Laois man’s stunning picture of local wood named Teagasc Forest Photo...

A Laois man has been named the overall winner of the Teagasc Forest Photo Competition for 2021. The ‘Celebrating Our Forests and Wood Use’ competition...

Jobs promised for Laois following publication of Climate Action Plan 2021

The Climate Action Plan 'includes low-cost, high-benefit measures that will bring down emissions, create new jobs and protect communities across the constituency'. So says Laois...

Local Green Party Minister asks farmers to consider their artificial fertiliser...

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Pippa Hackett, has called on livestock farmers to consider trying out new...

KPMG hired to to conduct major review of the horticulture industry

Minister Pippa Hackett has appointed KPMG to conduct a major review of the Horticulture Industry. The report will assess the current state of the horticulture...

Forestry Minister launches first ‘NeighbourWood’ site in Laois

Minister Pippa Hackett has launched Laois’s first NeighbourWood site in Abbeyleix. The project, in Balladine, sees the transformation of a formerly unmanaged site into a...

Three Bank of Ireland branches in Laois open for the final...

Three Laois branches of Bank of Ireland are among the 88 that are set to close for the final time today. Mountrath, Durrow and Rathdowney...

€22,917 COVID Stability Funding confirmed for Treo Nua in Portlaoise

Treo Nua in Knockmay, Portlaoise, has been granted €22,917 in COVID Stability funding. The funding is being provided by the Government and administered through Pobal. Covid...

Laois Farm Forestry Group meet with Minister Pippa Hackett and public...

The Laois Farm Forestry Group (LFFG), which represents the private forest owners and growers in the county met with Senator Pippa Hackett, the Minister...

In Pictures: Safety of horses and riders highlighted with walk from...

A Pass Wide and Slow Ride from Portarlington to the Curragh took place last weekend. The event, organised by the Three Counties Hacking Club, was...

Five Laois projects selected to share in €500,000 Community Integration Funding

Five Laois projects have been selected to receive a total of €22,290 as part of the Community Integration Funding. Through this Fund, a total of...