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Portlaoise man fined €300 for no insurance

A Portlaoise man has been fined for driving with no insurance.

Edwin Colbert, 34, of 32 Lakeglen, Portlaoise, was charged with no insurance or driving licence, at the Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, on March 29, 2019.

The accused had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip ...

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Portarlington man topped up 'residual drink' next day

A Portarlington man has been disqualified for drink driving.

James Coman, 66, of 3 Station Court Road, Portarlington, was charged with drink driving, at Bracklone Street, Portarlington, on March 31 last.

The accused had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said ...

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Laois Rose Grainne Hogan says ‘just be yourself’

Our 2018 Laois Rose Grainne Hogan, a dairy farmer from Camross, won the admiration of the country for her honest hard work ethics, when on stage with Dáithí O Sé in Tralee last August.

Grainne gave Dáithí a comical lesson in milking, and explained how ...

2019-04-18 22:37 open_in_new
A thrilling year ahead for the 2019 Laois Rose

The new Laois Rose is certain to have an exciting year ahead with a guaranteed televised interview in the Rose Dome among the glamorous events this year.

It all starts on Good Friday night, April 19 in the glamorous new venue for Laois Rose Selection night, Castle Durrow.

The Laois ...

2019-04-18 21:34 open_in_new
Graiguecullen man aggressive at A&E given probation

A Graiguecullen man who acted aggressively in the A&E department of Portlaoise hospital has been given the probation act after paying compensation and cooperating fully with the probation service.

Darren Kirwan, 29, of 12 Olive Crescent, Fruithill, Graiguecullen, was charged with being ...

2019-04-18 19:28 open_in_new
'Status Orange' forest fire alert issued for bank holiday weekend in Laois and nationwide

A Status Orange forest fire alert has been issued by the Department of Agriculture for the duration of the bank holiday weekend as temperatures are expected to soar. 

Forest, gorse and dried grasses in Laois and nationwide are now at risk of fire as temperatures sharply increase over ...

2019-04-18 18:25 open_in_new
Portarlington woman slapped faces and stole bottles in local pub

A Portarlington woman crashed an 18th birthday party in a local pub and committed three assaults after being asked to leave before she stole bottles of alcohol from behind the bar.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Niamh O’Neill, 29, of 48 Kilnacourt Woods, ...

2019-04-18 17:22 open_in_new
Portlaoise man took boxing stance against garda

A Portlaoise man had to be pepper sprayed after he adopted a boxing stance and threatened a garda in the street, the district court heard.

Sean Duggan, 29, of Caminha, Stradbally Road, Portlaoise, was charged with failure to comply with the directions of the gardaí, and threatening ...

2019-04-18 17:22 open_in_new
Portlaoise drink driver warned he will kill someone

A 74-year-old Portlaoise man with previous convictions who was caught drink driving while disqualified has been given a three-month prison sentence.

“I don’t know what it will take to get him to stop drink driving, he’s going to kill someone,” said Judge Catherine Staines, ...

2019-04-18 15:16 open_in_new
Laois boxer stole iPhone

A boxer from Portlaoise has entered a guilty plea to robbing a mobile phone.

Bernard O’Reilly, with a previous listed address at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, appeared before the recent sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court.

He pleaded guilty to robbery of an iPhone, at Fairgreen, ...

2019-04-18 13:10 open_in_new
Array of business can come to Laois says Laois County Council boss

The arrival of Greenfield Global in Laois has put the county in the position to attract other business, according to the top official at Laois County council.

The council was praised at last week's launch by the Canadian firm for the work the local authority did to persuade them that Laois ...

2019-04-18 10:01 open_in_new
Laois Rose selection night MC Ollie Turner gives his view on what makes a 'good Rose'

Laois Rose 2019 MC is none other than Ollie Turner tells the Leinster Express what he thinks makes a good rose.

How did you get involved with the Rose of Tralee?

I started working in local radio in late 2000 and I got involved in presenting a number of local Rose selection nights ...

2019-04-17 23:31 open_in_new
Prison service responds to possible 'criminal' wrongdoing claims sent to gardaí

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) says it will fully engage with “external investigations” following the forwarding of extensive allegations of possible wrongdoing by prison staff by a TD to the Gardaí.

In a statement to the Leinster Express the service said that it is aware of ...

2019-04-17 23:31 open_in_new
Greenfield Global's arrival in Laois a 'very important' reference for other firms - IDA

The bosses of the Canadian company, Greenfield Global that is setting up in Laois heaped praise on the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) last week.

In ways, this hard work in winning the business was long overdue as Laois hardly registered on the map for many years.

The agency ...

2019-04-17 19:19 open_in_new
Alleged assault in Midlands Prison

A 22-year-old man serving a prison sentence has been charged with assaulting a man in his cell at the Midlands Prison.

Hughie Donoghue (22), 15 Magdalene Court, Kells, Co Meath, was charged with assault causing harm, on September 8, 2018.

Garda evidence outlined that on that date, at ...

2019-04-17 19:19 open_in_new
Nurses union critical at Laois local election candidate who is 'fed up by student pay'

The country's biggest health service trade unions has hit back at comments of a Laois local election candidate.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has taken the unusual step of commenting on a political matter following comments by Vivienne Phelan.

Ms Phelan said in a tweet ...

2019-04-17 18:16 open_in_new
Portlaoise man charged with violent disorder

A Portlaoise man has been charged with violent disorder, relating to an incident in Portlaoise in which shovels and weight bars were used and a man had half his ear bitten off.

At last week’s district court, a book of evidence was served on Keith McDonagh, 20, of 4 Highfield Meadows, ...

2019-04-17 17:13 open_in_new
Stradbally Town advance to quarter finals after seeing off Abbeyleix Ath

Stradbally Town travelled to Abbeyleix on Sunday morning last in the last sixteen of the CCFL John Farrell Counties Cup - the blue ribbon cup of the CCFL.

Credit has to be given to both sides who served up an entertaining game of football in wet and windy conditions. Stradbally, ...

2019-04-17 17:13 open_in_new
Portlaoise Panthers boys record big away win over Carlow B.C.

The Portlaoise boy's U-12 basketball team played host to Carlow in the Kilkenny Area Cup semi-final.

The game started at a hectic pace with both teams playing well, David Apopei and Sam Menendez started the scoring for the home team. They continued with baskets from Riley Comerford and ...

2019-04-17 17:13 open_in_new
No jail for Monasterevin taxi driver assault

A Newbridge man who punched a female taxi driver to the back of the head after refusing to get out of her taxi has been granted an appeal against a five-month prison sentence on condition he set up a weekly standing order to pay the victim compensation.

Myles Moloney, Morristown Estate, ...

2019-04-17 13:01 open_in_new
Durrow's next era set out in new plan

Durrow Development Forum is set to launch the Durrow Community Plan.

Sean Crowley will launch the Five Year Community Plan and Fintan Dunne architect, will present and speak about the proposed plans for the Community Hub on Patrick Street.

Marie Moylan will be available to talk about ...

2019-04-16 23:22 open_in_new