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Dublin, Limerick and Carlow colleges most popular among Laois Leaving Cert students

Most students from Laois schools went to Dublin to pursue their third level education options but a college and univerity were the most popular individual locations.

Instititute of Technology Carlow was the most popular third level choice among students who attended Laois secondary schools ...

yesterday 16:41 open_in_new
Busy Portlaoise Dublin Road roundabout safety concerns

More safety measures are needed at one of Portlaoise's busiest junctions.

Cllr Pauline Madigan asked at the to be given an update on works on roundabouts in Portlaoise, particularly the one at the top of Colliers Lane.

She said that some works had been done which had helped somewhat, ...

yesterday 15:20 open_in_new
Balllinakill needs the help of Laois council to develop

County Hall has been urged to support the new development committee in Ballinakill with their plans for playground outdoor swimming pool and other local initiatives.

Cllr John Joe Fennelly said there were great plans in Ballinakill, with a flower festival planned around the 150th ...

yesterday 13:54 open_in_new
Laois council highest in country for road salting says official

Less than a quarter of Laois roads are salted in cold weather but more roads are treated in the country than elsewhere..

This was revealed at a recent Portlaoise Municipal District meeting by the Director of Services.

Replying to a motion calling for the road from the roundabout to ...

yesterday 12:30 open_in_new
New film gets to the Heart of Portlaoise town

A new film by a Laois broadcaster and documentary maker exploring Portlaoise through the eyes of schoolchildren is set to be screened this month at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

What makes 12 primary school children want to go back to class at the weekend? What makes a former County Manager ...

2018-12-11 23:03 open_in_new
High profile reporter enters crime camera row

The pressure from community groups in Laois to get gang fighting CCTV is set to heat up this week with the involvement of one of the country's best-known crime journalists in a meeting to press politicians and Laois County Council to deliver the cameras.

Paul Williams has investigated big ...

2018-12-11 21:43 open_in_new
Laois GPs warn about Portlaoise hospital's future a year after thousands marched

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has provided no clarity around the future of services at Portlaoise hospital, Laois GPs have warned.

A year after thousands marched against downgrade, the Laois group of family doctors remain concerned.

“It’s clear that the support of the ...

2018-12-11 12:26 open_in_new
Caused disturbance in Portarlington filling station

A Mountmellick woman has been fined for causing a disturbance in a Portarlington shop.

At Portlaoise District Court was Tracey McKevitt (33), College Avenue, Mountmellick, charged with disorderly conduct at Maxol Service Station, Main Street, Portarlington, on December 31, 2017.

Sgt ...

2018-12-08 23:04 open_in_new
Portarlington woman charged with cocaine sale

A Portarlington woman has been sent forward to the circuit court charged with having cocaine for sale or supply.

At a recent sitting of the district court in Portlaoise was Yvonne Loonan (40), with an address at 89 Riverside, Portarlington.

She was charged with drug possession, and ...

2018-12-08 22:01 open_in_new
Man had cannabis plants in Laois on M7 motorway

A 37-year-old man caught with eight cannabis plants has been placed on probation for one year.

Before a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Jan McCarthy (37), with an address at Cahercrin, Craughwell, Co. Galway.

He was charged with drug possession, and having drugs for ...

2018-12-08 18:52 open_in_new
Portlaoise man off the road for twice driving uninsured

A Portlaoise man has been put off the road for six years and given a suspended sentence after being stopped by gardaí driving without a licence or insurance on two consecutive days.

Before a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court was John O’Shea (27), with an address at 13 ...

2018-12-07 21:37 open_in_new
Law does not support Laois CCTV schemes

Confusion surrounds the legality of CCTV schemes in Laois set up to prevent crime in rural communities as they could be running outside the law.

Community CCTV is governed by section 38(3)(c) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (CCTV) Order ...

2018-12-06 23:10 open_in_new
Laois Gardaí seek witnesses to beating and kicking of girl on busy Christmas shopping day

Gardaí are seeking witnesses to a vicious attack in Portlaoise which left a girl, aged 13, in hospital.

Gardaí confirmed that they are investigating an incident which happened in broad daylight at the height of a Christmas shopping Saturday. The incident occurred around ...

2018-12-06 13:04 open_in_new
Laois schoolgirl thrilled to print her first book

A talented young Laois writer has had her first book published at the tender age of 12.

Erin Leonard is a 6th class pupil in Mr McEvoy's class at Scoil Bhride NS in Knockmay, Portlaoise.

She began writing at the age of seven, filling up many copies with her imaginative ...

2018-12-04 19:44 open_in_new
22-year-old man tried to smuggle drugs into prison to help his brother

A 22-year-old man who tried to smuggle diazepam into the Midlands Prison to help his brother has been given the benefit of the probation act after engaging fully with the probation services.

Before last week’s court was Ryan Kelly (22), with an address at 11 Canal Walk, Athy, ...

2018-12-01 15:01 open_in_new
Traffic calming needed on Meelick Road

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District in Laois County Hall, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald proposed a motion calling on Laois County Council to install traffic calming measures on the Meelick Road, Portlaoise.

She received a written response from Mr Farhan Nasiem, acting ...

2018-12-01 13:58 open_in_new
Portlaoise College present a perennial festive favour with 'The Wizard of Oz'

If you want to follow the yellow-brick road this Christmas then all roads lead to Portlaoise College as first-year to fifth-year students will take to the stage performing the all-time favourite The Wizard of Oz.

The students decided on the show that they wanted to put on themselves ...

2018-12-01 12:55 open_in_new
Ballyroan kids going to school in darkness

Children in Ballyroan are walking to school in the early morning in near darkness due to a lack of lighting in the village, Cllr Mary Sweeney said.

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, Cllr Mary Sweeney proposed a motion calling on the council to undertake a review ...

2018-11-30 19:04 open_in_new
Accidents and near accidents at dangerous Laois junction

A site of accidents and near accidents is how Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley described a dangerous junction in Abbeyleix.

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, Cllr Dwane Stanley proposed a motion calling on the council to install road safety measures that are badly ...

2018-11-30 13:49 open_in_new
Delay at Portlaoise fast food outlet caused 'red mist' to descend

A Portlaoise man punched another man in a queue of traffic at a fast food outlet after “the red mist descended”, the district court heard.

William McInerney (29), with an address at 13 Bruach na hBháinn, Portlaoise, was charged with assault causing harm, at Supermacs, James ...

2018-11-30 12:46 open_in_new
Laois school nearly closed due to fumes

Install an inspection chamber on the main sewer line outside Scoil Mhuire, Ballyroan, Abbeyleix, as there has been problems in this area, proposed Cllr John Joe Fennelly.

He said the problem was the station and on two occasions since September the principal of the school was close to ...

2018-11-29 18:55 open_in_new