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Laois Presentation convent undergoing renovation

Mountmellick’s Presentation Convent is undergoing modernisation work to make it more comfortable for its elderly religious residents.

While many Presentation convents have closed with dwindling numbers of sisters, the Mountmellick building is planned to remain as a home to ...

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'Flying it' after natural homebirth in Portlaoise

While almost 1,500 babies were being born in Portlaoise hospital each year, the availability of the free HSE home birth service in Laois is little used.

Only about ten babies are born at home in Laois each year under the HSE’s free homebirth scheme.

Self employed community midwife ...

2020-01-24 23:10 open_in_new
Laois family in fear after car smashes into house

A family from Mountmellick in Laois whose house and cars were smashed on St Stephen’s day 2019 by a speeding car are now afraid living there.

The Buggy family were luckily at the back of their house at 6pm in Harbour Street when a car speeding from the Portarlington Garryhinch direction ...

2020-01-24 18:58 open_in_new
€300k set aside but still no new roundabout

There is still no progress on a new roundabout at Rockview Estate on the Mountrath Road in Portlaoise, despite some €300,000 having been ringfenced for the work years ago.

That was the news at the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District in Laois County Hall, when Cllr ...

2020-01-24 17:55 open_in_new
Man who put wife and kids in fear to attend MEND

A 44-year-old Laois man who breached a barring order has had his case further adjourned for him to attend the Men Ending Domestic Violence (MEND) programme.

When the case first came before the district court last October, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on September 22 last year, the ...

2020-01-24 13:43 open_in_new
Portlaoise Hospital and university on agenda of first time Laois Offaly Fianna Fáil candidate

Fianna Fáil candidate Pauline Flanagan highlighted Portlaoise hospital's future in her speech at the launch of the Fianna Fáil campaign in Tullamore last weekend.

In a statement, she said that given the ongoing uncertain nature of the hospital in Portlaoise, she said that it ...

2020-01-23 19:52 open_in_new
Uninsured to drive grandma home

A 32-year-old man drove uninsured because he had to take his grandmother home and no one else could drive as they had drink taken.

At the district court, Garda Rigney gave evidence that on December 26 last year, at the M7 Ballydavis, Portlaoise, he stopped Ross Hanlon (32), Clondalkin, ...

2020-01-23 18:49 open_in_new
Laois man stole baby formula and clothes

A Portlaoise man has been given probation for stealing baby formula and clothes.

Ricky O’Shea (27), 36 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, was charged with theft of baby formula and clothing, from Tesco, Portlaoise, on November 10, 2018.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence the accused paid for some ...

2020-01-23 17:46 open_in_new
Laois women's community service for stealing from shops

Two Portarlington women have been given community service in lieu of jail for shoplifting.

Lisa Harty (35), 2 Woodlands Park, Portarlington, was charged with theft from Dealz, Mr Price, Homestore and More, and Dunnes Stores; and Noreen Harty (31), 3 Woodlands Park, Portarlington, was ...

2020-01-23 13:34 open_in_new
Fundraiser for Laois pensioner who rescued dog from housefire

An elderly Laois man has luckily escaped unharmed from a housefire even going back to rescue his dog.

Now the Portarlington pensioner has a repair bill that he cannot afford.

A fundraiser has been started to cover the €11,500 cost, with thousands already pledged.

Paddy ...

2020-01-23 12:31 open_in_new
One house, one bin to solve local litter

It should be one bin outside each house to stop the litter problem at a Portlaoise area.

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald called on the council to try to resolve the litter problem at the back of the shrine, Old Abbeyleix Road.

She said eight bins were left there, with people dropping bags ...

2020-01-22 18:40 open_in_new
Portlaoise Prison guards allegedly assaulted by inmate

A book of evidence has been served on a 31-year-old man charged with assaulting a number of prison officers at Portlaoise Prison.

Leon Wright (31), with an address at Priorswood House, Clonshaugh Avenue, Coolock, Dublin, was charged with four counts of assaulting a prison officer; one ...

2020-01-22 17:37 open_in_new
Woman jailed for breaking into cars to steal

A woman has been given jail for breaking into cars in Portlaoise and stealing items.

Stacey Kelly (22), Clonmore House, Tullamore, was charged with trespass, two counts of theft, and unauthorised entry to an MPV, at 63 Cosby Avenue, Portlaoise, on December 31, 2019; and on the same date, ...

2020-01-22 14:28 open_in_new
Superdump plans stall as council looks for more info

Plans for a new Bord na Mona processing plant on the outskirts of Portlaoise have been put on hold, with Laois County Council requesting extensive additional information from the applicant before any planning decision is reached.

There is widespread condemnation of the plans by the State ...

2020-01-22 13:25 open_in_new
Apartments planned in historic Portlaoise building

A plan to turn an historic Portlaoise building into modern apartments has once again been lodged with planners.

A new application to convert the historic Maltings building in Portlaoise into 12 apartments over three floors was lodged to Laois County Council on January 15.

Applicant ...

2020-01-22 12:22 open_in_new
Laois development lands sought for 750 new social homes

Clúid Housing which already owns over 300 houses in Laois rented out to council tenants, has begun a search for more development land in the county for up to 750 homes.

Clúid has issued a tender to attract up to ten developers in Laois who own land with full planning ...

2020-01-21 23:46 open_in_new
Portlaoise hospital campaigners throw down gauntlet over future of A&E

The Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee has thrown down a political gauntlet over the future of the hospital ahead of a promised meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris.

A meeting is set to take place between the Minister for Health and campaigners against the downgrade of ...

2020-01-21 21:40 open_in_new
Meet the Laois-Offaly General Election Candidate: Pauline Flanagan - Fianna Fáil

Q: What do you think will be the main issues coming up on the doorsteps in Laois/Offaly?

A: I already know what the main issues are as I have been canvassing since November 2019. Portlaoise Hospital, Housing, Health, Loneliness, Public Transport

Q: What should be the key local local ...

2020-01-21 14:19 open_in_new
IT'S JUST A PHASE: Make time for yourself away from parenting

Everywhere you go, as parents, you're told to take time for yourself; to be good to yourself because after all we can’t run on empty, now can we?

Modern day life means it’s not easy to take time for yourself. Parenting in itself is a full time job but for many, there’s another full ...

2020-01-19 12:58 open_in_new
Meet the brave new leaders of Operation Transformation guided by Dr Eddie

The new series of Operation Transformation returned to our screens last Wednesday.

Once again I'll be guiding the leaders psychologically and emotionally through their major life changes.

This year is a special one, as for the first time the show will host its first couple, Andrea ...

2020-01-19 09:49 open_in_new
Prisoners get rich on deadly drug trade reports Inspector of Prisons

Prisoners could be dying from drug use while dealers operating behind bars are amassing “significant wealth” according to the Inspector of Prisons.

In her annual report, Ms Patricia Gilheaney urges the Irish Prison Service not to accept the drugs trade and contraband as ...

2020-01-17 20:01 open_in_new