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Warrant issued in drugs into jail case

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of a woman who failed to turn up in court charged with bringing tablets into the Midlands Prison.

Leanne Lennon, 25, of O’Sheas, Merchants Quay, Dublin, was charged with offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

When the case first came ...

2019-10-18 17:55 open_in_new
Prisoner headbutted prison officer causing injuries

An inmate of the Midlands Prison who claimed it was not his intention to headbutt a prison guard has been given a ten-month jail sentence for assault causing harm.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, John Joyce, 25, with an address at 27 Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin, ...

2019-10-18 15:49 open_in_new
Portlaoise man assaulted neighbour in own house

A Portlaoise man who assaulted his neighbour and broke a window while he was armed with a hedge clippers and shovel head has been told to engage with the restorative justice programme.

At last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Jason Doyle, 20, with an address at 109 Cherrygrove, ...

2019-10-18 13:43 open_in_new
Chance of prison for Portlaoise man who punched taxi driver

A Portlaoise man who punched a taxi driver giving him a cut lip has been warned that he could be facing a prison sentence for his outrageous behaviour.

At last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Myles Carroll, 48, of 100 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, was charged with assault, ...

2019-10-17 18:49 open_in_new
Portlaoise woman had cannabis plants for own use

A Portlaoise woman caught with two cannabis plants has been given the benefit of the probation act after participating in an addiction course.

Before the court was Sandra Krol, 22, of 20 Coonaberry Way, Old Knockmay, Portlaoise.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on June 12, 2018, the ...

2019-10-17 16:43 open_in_new
Lip Sync for Stradbally school pitch which was supported by Electric Picnic

Exciting times ahead for everyone at St Colman's National School in Stradbally as after years of waitin the school is finally ready to embark on the development of their new pitch and playing facilities.

The two acre site beside the school was purchased with funds kindly donated by ...

2019-10-17 15:40 open_in_new
Laois women stole from several shops

Two Portarlington women have been charged with stealing from a number of Portlaoise shops.

Lisa Harty, 34, of 2 Woodlands Park, Portarlington, was charged with theft from Delaz, Mr Price, Homestore and More, and Dunnes Stores; and Noreen Harty, 30, of 3 Woodlands Park, Portarlington, was ...

2019-10-17 14:37 open_in_new
Sexual assault at Laois hotel

A 45-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sexual assault at a Laois hotel.

The offence happened at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, on December 9, 2018.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that the accused and the injured party were staying in the hotel, having attended a Christmas party the ...

2019-10-17 13:34 open_in_new
Wide range of groups in the running for the Laois Community & Voluntary Awards 2019

Thirty six voluntary groups and 23 individuals are being celebrated at this year's Laois Community & Voluntary Awards.

The Awards, now in their tenth year, are taking place this Friday night, October 18 in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise.

Hosted by Laois County Council in ...

2019-10-17 13:34 open_in_new
Are you a successful slimmer? Your loss could be a gain

Slimming World experts in Laois are celebrating yet another successful year so far helping their members to lose weight and stay slim for life. In 2018 members collectively lost a staggering 4,270 stone or 27.5 ton, which is equivalent to 60 grand pianos!!!!

Now they have launched a ...

2019-10-16 21:49 open_in_new
Stole money and tools in Laois to clear drug debt

A man who stole money and tools in Portlaoise to clear an alleged drug debt after being tortured by drug dealers leaving horrific injuries, with a gun put in his mouth on one occasion before he was left naked out in the middle of the country, has been given the probation act having paid full ...

2019-10-16 17:37 open_in_new
Laois man put wife and children in fear

A 44-year-old Laois man has been charged with breaching a protection order.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on September 22 this year, the accused breached a barring order and put his wife and children in fear.

He was verbally abusing his partner, said Sgt Kirby.

The accused ...

2019-10-16 15:31 open_in_new
Suspended sentence for Laois man who drove twice uninsured

A Laois man convicted of driving without insurance on two dates has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Keith Carton (35), 46 Corrig Glen, Portarlington, was charged with no licence or insurance, at Station Road, Portarlington, on June 10, 2015; and again at Main Street, Portarlington, ...

2019-10-16 13:25 open_in_new
50th anniversary celebration for Laois town's soccer club

A Laois town's soccer club has made it to 50 years of age, and they are planning to celebrate with a great night for all past and present supporters.

From changing beside the pitch at Smiths Field to owning a top class facility with a growing membership, Mountmellick soccer club has plenty ...

2019-10-16 12:22 open_in_new
Busy week in Laois as Daniel, Majella and Darina visit

It is set to be a busy week of events in Laois this week with national and local figures featuring on the menu.

The highlight of the week for community groups is sure to be the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards.

Laois Public Participation Network in partnership with Laois County ...

2019-10-15 19:34 open_in_new
Shelter wanted in Laois for homeless families

The absence of a Laois homeless family shelter means that families are being sent to an Offaly shelter with children on busses at 7am to get to school back in Laois.

However Laois County Council says it is powerless to build a shelter for families who are homeless or escaping domestic ...

2019-10-15 15:22 open_in_new
Countdown for Portlaoise derelict houses to be knocked

Demolition of some derelict houses in the oldest council built estate in Portlaoise has begun.

Six houses in O’Moore Place on the Mountmellick road will be razed to the ground this week, as part of an extensive regeneration of the council built estate.

The roofs and electrics were ...

2019-10-15 13:16 open_in_new
Extra health and safety called for at Electric Picnic

A county councillor has put pressure on Laois County Council to demand more safety measures at Electric Picnic before granting a licence for next year’s event in Stradbally

Cllr Aisling Moran, who attended the festival, suggested a series of measures as she tabled a motion at the ...

2019-10-14 12:04 open_in_new
Laois' only wind farm is set to be sold once again

The only wind farm in Laois is about to be bought back from a foreign investor by an Irish company.

Gortahile windfarm is located south Laois in Bilboa, not far from Crettyard and Killeshin on the Carlow Kilkenny borders.

Built for an estimated €40million a decade ago by ABO Wind ...

2019-10-14 12:04 open_in_new
IT'S JUST A PHASE: Greta Thunberg has made me think about change

The Parent’s Association in our school run a weekly post office saving scheme where the kids bring in money on a Friday and it is deposited in their accounts for them. It’s a great idea and a great way to get kids used to saving.

Last Friday, just as we all went out the door for ...

2019-10-13 12:58 open_in_new
DR EDDIE MURPHY: Farmers and their families face significant stress

Irish farm families are under significant stress. The past three years have had excessive rain, excessive drought, fodder crisis, and this year it’s the beef crisis.

The agriculture industry is at the core of Ireland's rural economy and is a major determinant of employment and social ...

2019-10-13 11:55 open_in_new