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Portlaoise and Graiguecullen to be 'key towns' in new plan

Graiguecullen on the Laois Carlow border is set to be the surprise big winner in a regional development plan which sees itself and Portlaoise given 'key town status'.

The draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy is a strategic plan for Dublin, the eastern and midlands regions.

It

2019-01-20 17:46
Slammed door and broke glass

A Mountmellick man has been fined after he slammed shut the door of the local credit union causing the glass to smash.

Michael Ryan (28), 39 Silverglen, Mountmellick, was charged with criminal damage.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on September 1, 2017, at Mountmellick Credit Union,

2019-01-19 18:40
€50,000 investment fund for young Laois entrepreneurs Competition

“It could be you!”

So said Head of Enterprise Laois, as Evelyn Reddin announced the launch of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 in Laois.

“We’re looking for dynamic, innovative young business people to enter the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 competition in

2019-01-19 15:31
Portlaoise man paranoid after too much drink and intimidated elderly man in street

A Portlaoise man has been ordered to write a letter of apology and pay compensation after intimidating an elderly man in the street.

Clive Greene (27), 73 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, and failure to comply with the gardaí.

Sgt

2019-01-19 14:28
Lots of laughs in store at the Portlaoise panto

All roads lead to the Dunamaise Arts Centre next week for Portlaoise Pantomime Group's 35th annual production.

After months of rehearsal, the cast and crew are looking forward to yet another amazing show.

Sleeping Beauty is this season's presentation.

With its usual series of

2019-01-18 18:31
Free drugs aren't free, says judge in warning to local young people

Young people who are being threatened over drug debts need to report the matter to the gardaí, so those responsible can be dealt with seriously by the court.

So said Judge Catherine Staines, in the case of a Mountmellick man who told gardaí he had a sharply pointed kitchen

2019-01-18 17:28
Monasterevin man put off the road for two years

A Monasterevin man has been put off the road for two years for drink driving.

Aidan Murphy (45), 3 Ros Glas, Monasterevin, was charged with drink driving, at Main Street, Monasterevin, on July 1 last year.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that the accused was detected driving with 45mg of

2019-01-18 14:19
Portlaoise man made threats in family dispute

A Portlaoise man has been given community service in lieu of prison for a public order offence.

Michael Greene (35), 10 Clonroosk View, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence, that on March 23 last, at Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, the

2019-01-18 12:13
Portlaoise man gave garda lip while drunk

A Portlaoise man has been directed to complete a restorative justice programme after he “gave lip” to a garda sitting in a public order vehicle.

Gavin Mulhall (21), 43 Dr Murphy Place, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated, and using threatening or abusive behaviour.

Sgt

2019-01-17 19:25
Handbag snatched from Monasterevin convent

A woman who stole a handbag from the Monasterevin convent containing a phone, car keys and a cheque for €1,400 has been given a suspended sentence at Portlaoise District Court.

Nora Lynch (46), 6 Ruanbeg Park, Ruanbeg Manor, Kildare, was charged with theft, from the Presentation Sisters,

2019-01-17 17:19
Stole steaks worth €100 from store in Portarlington

A Portarlington resident has been charged with stealing €100 of steaks from a local supermarket.

Before last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Kamil Cruk (26), with an address at 9 Ballymorris Manor, Portarlington, charged with theft from Lidl, Canal Road,

2019-01-17 13:07
People First Credit Union wants to help the community

Community groups in Portlaoise, Athy, Abbeyleix, Stradbally and surrounding areas are being offered the chance to get financial support for their projects.

The People First Community Fund was set up to support local groups, organisations, clubs and charities within the areas of Portlaoise,

2019-01-16 15:04
Mountrath man tole bicycle due to drug addictions

A Mountrath man broke into a Portlaoise bike store and stole a bicycle due to his addiction to drugs, the district court heard.

David Bergin (20), The Bungalow, Fairfield, Mountrath, was last week charged with burglary and criminal damage, at Kavanagh Cycles, Railway Street, Portlaoise, on

2019-01-16 12:58
Laois shoppers could have to pay more to shop in Newbridge

Shoppers from Laois who chose to shop in Newbridge on Sundays could soon face an extra cost depending on the type of car-parking the decide on.

However, the same proposal calls on Kildare County Council to increase free parking at other times.

Sinn Féin Cllr Mark Lynch tables

2019-01-15 21:13
Details of construction work at Portlaoise hospital outlined

The HSE has outlined details of the building work being carried out at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

The HSE says a number of construction projects which have recently commenced on the Hospital Campus.

The largest of these is the extension of the existing 'hospital

2019-01-14 11:37
Exciting year beckons for Mountmellick Development Association

New foodie businesses, an international embroidery competition and hi tech spaces for businesses and local jobs are all taking off at Mountmellick Development Association HQ in Irishtown.

The centre has announced its plans for 2019, including the 'Webmill' coworking space set to open this

2019-01-13 18:46
Daily News
Poll: Should households which use water excessively be fined?
The Cabinet is expected to approve the plan tomorrow.
2019-01-21 11:01
Poll: Do you give away unwanted junk food after Christmas?
According to the latest Healthy Ireland survey, 62% of Irish adults are overweight
2019-01-20 14:01
Woman brought drugs into Midlands Prison

A woman who tried to smuggle diazepam and heroin into the Midlands Prison has been given the benefit of the probation act.

Before the court was Mary Phillips, with an address at Clonmullion, Athy.

When the case first came before the court last June, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on

2019-01-19 16:34
Enterprise growth as development centres fill up in Laois

Portlaoise and Portarlington enterprise centres are now full county councillors have been told.

Politicans were updated on progress centres at a recent meetings.

Portlaoise's manager Patricia Frayne said the county town's centre supports up to 30 people in various

2019-01-18 19:34
Portlaoise woman jailed to protect local shopkeepers

A Portlaoise woman has been given a ten-month prison sentence for a number of shoplifting offences, having failed to engage with both the probation services and an addiction treatment programme.

Before the court was Yvette Dwane (31), 22 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise

Sgt JJ Kirby gave

2019-01-17 15:13
Portlaoise man pepper-sprayed outside nightclub

A Portlaoise man who had to be pepper-sprayed after behaving aggressively to both nightclub staff and gardaí has been convicted and fined.

Hayden Delaney (22), 4 Hawthorn Way, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, and using threatening or

2019-01-16 18:13
Mountmellick man said he would shoot garda while 'wasted' on drink and drugs

A Mountmellick man “absolutely wasted” on drink and drugs threatened to shoot a Garda Sergeant in the head and also threatened her husband.

At last week’s district court, Daniel Cleary (28), 88 St Joseph’s Terrace, Mountmellick, was charged with being intoxicated, and threatening

2019-01-16 15:04
RTÉ Prime Time to focus on missing woman Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge

There are hopes that new RTÉ Prime Time focus on Deirdre Jacob’s disappearance from Newbridge could lead to a breakthrough in regarding her disappearance from her home town 20 years ago.

Deirdre's father Michael Jacob said the programme will feature new interviews from

2019-01-15 19:07
Latest news from Portlaoise
2019-01-21 11:01 Poll: Should households which use water excessively be fined?
2019-01-20 17:46 Portlaoise and Graiguecullen to be 'key towns' in new plan
2019-01-20 14:01 Poll: Do you give away unwanted junk food after Christmas?
2019-01-19 18:40 Slammed door and broke glass
2019-01-19 16:34 Woman brought drugs into Midlands Prison
2019-01-19 15:31 €50,000 investment fund for young Laois entrepreneurs Competition
2019-01-19 14:28 Portlaoise man paranoid after too much drink and intimidated elderly man in street
2019-01-18 19:34 Enterprise growth as development centres fill up in Laois
2019-01-18 18:31 Lots of laughs in store at the Portlaoise panto
2019-01-18 17:28 Free drugs aren't free, says judge in warning to local young people
2019-01-18 14:19 Monasterevin man put off the road for two years
2019-01-18 12:13 Portlaoise man made threats in family dispute
2019-01-17 19:25 Portlaoise man gave garda lip while drunk
2019-01-17 17:19 Handbag snatched from Monasterevin convent
2019-01-17 15:13 Portlaoise woman jailed to protect local shopkeepers
2019-01-17 13:07 Stole steaks worth €100 from store in Portarlington
2019-01-16 18:13 Portlaoise man pepper-sprayed outside nightclub
2019-01-16 15:04 Mountmellick man said he would shoot garda while 'wasted' on drink and drugs
2019-01-16 15:04 People First Credit Union wants to help the community
2019-01-16 12:58 Mountrath man tole bicycle due to drug addictions
2019-01-15 21:13 Laois shoppers could have to pay more to shop in Newbridge
2019-01-15 19:07 RTÉ Prime Time to focus on missing woman Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge
2019-01-14 17:55 Laois woman accused of €10,000 theft from accounts at a Kildare Post Office
2019-01-14 11:37 Details of construction work at Portlaoise hospital outlined
2019-01-13 18:46 Exciting year beckons for Mountmellick Development Association
2019-01-13 15:37 Laois credit union staff give slice of wages to charities
2019-01-13 14:34 Gerry hits Portlaoise roads to help Bothár
2019-01-13 11:55 Poll: Are you worried about a no-deal Brexit?
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