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Poll: Are you happy the General Election is being held on a Saturday?

WE (FINALLY) HAVE a date for this year’s General Election – it’s taking place on Saturday, 8 February. 

Usually, elections take place on a Friday, but this will be the first Saturday election since 1918, one of the key elections in Irish history. 

There is a more ...

2020-01-15 10:46 open_in_new
Poll: On what date do you think the general election will be held?

IS THERE A clear date you reckon the looming general election will take place?

Although Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already chosen a date for the next general election, he says he isn’t making it public yet, as he has “unfinished business” to attend to. 

The Taoiseach is due to ...

2020-01-13 11:31 open_in_new
Gardaí investigating incident in which man was seen masturbating outside Laois school

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an incident in which a man was allegedly seen masturbating outside a school in Laois. 

The man has been accused of performing the sex act on himself while he was sitting in a SUV opposite a national school in Portlaoise on Tuesday. 

Two people told ...

2020-01-11 02:49 open_in_new
Poll: Should Ireland condemn the US killing of Qasem Soleimani?

THE KILLING OF Iranian general General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone in Iraq has prompted fears of a widespread conflict in the region. 

The US has said that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians and US service personnel and was behind plans for more ...

2020-01-06 11:31 open_in_new
Poll: Are you bringing your Christmas tree to a disposal facility?

THAT FIR TREE in the corner of your living room is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

If you’ve a plastic Christmas tree, you’ve nothing to worry about aside from the hassle of deconstructing it and lamping it in the cupboard for another year, but for those with a real one, it’s a bit ...

2020-01-05 10:19 open_in_new
HSE review of maternity complaints finds patients not treated with dignity or respect

OF THE 203 maternity care complaints received by the HSE over the past 40 years, 31 were about perinatal deaths.

Perinatal deaths include stillbirths and deaths in the first week of life.

Patients also frequently felt like they had not been treated with respect and dignity and there ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Dublin man who smuggled IRA message out of Portlaoise Prison convicted

A DUBLIN MAN who smuggled an IRA communiqué out of Portlaoise prison has been convicted of IRA membership by the Special Criminal Court.

Brian Kenna (54) of Crumlin Park, Crumlin, Dublin had denied membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Gardaí believe missing Laois teen may be in Dublin

GARDAÍ IN LAOIS are trying to trace 15-year-old Jason Collins.

Jason was last seen on 27 April in Portlaoise.

He is described as being 5’5″ with black hair and of medium build. When last seen he was wearing a blue tracksuit, navy t-shirt and grey runners. It is believed that he ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Trains cancelled and delayed due to mechanical fault

File photo Source: Sam Boal/

A NUMBER OF Irish Rail services have been affected by mechanical issues this morning.

Iarnród Éireann said the 8.37am Dún Laoghaire to Dublin Connolly train has been cancelled.

Meanwhile, there are delays to ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Irish teen who drowned tragically in Spanish lake named

Laguna Salvadora Source: Shutterstock/Svetlana Bykova

AN IRISH teenager who drowned in a lake in Spain has been named as Joshua Osahon.

Joshua disappeared on Saturday evening after going for a swim at a lake called Laguna Salvadora, one of the 15 small lakes that make ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Cannabis worth €230,000 found in wicker box and toys at Portlaoise Mail Centre

REVENUE OFFICERS, ASSISTED by detector dog Stella, have seized herbal cannabis worth an estimated €230,000.

Resulting from routing profiling, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre and detector dog Stella found 6kgs of herbal cannabis concealed in a wicker box which originated in ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Rural pub gets award for giving punters a lift home to avoid drink-driving

A PORTLAOISE BAR and restaurant has gotten an award from the Road Safety Authority for its commitment to stopping drink-driving.

Treacy’s Bar & Restaurant, which is located approximately 5kms from Portlaoise, is in an area with no public transport. Its owner, Thomas Treacy – eight ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Two men arrested after Irish Rail security worker locked in car boot for nine hours

TWO MEN HAVE been arrested in connection with an incident which saw an Irish Rail security worker locked in his car boot for nine hours.

The incident occurred at around 5am on 5 December at Kilbricken, Mountrath, Co Laois.

The victim was a member of the security personnel ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
'Save our A&E': Thousands attend protest to protect services at Portlaoise hospital

Great turnout at the march this evening to save Portlaoise Hospital. Hope it helps!! #saveportlaoisehospital— orla dunne (@orladunne82) December 2, 2017 Source: orla dunne/Twitter

Great turnout at the march this ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise

SO FAR THIS year, the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise has received 10 complaints from maternity patients and their families, most of which related to the behaviour of staff.

A number of people, including patients themselves, their partners and close relatives, made written submissions ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Prisoner was not checked for over two hours on night he died

THE INSPECTOR OF Prisons has called on the Irish Prison Service (IPS) to hold to account those who failed in their duties in the care of a prisoner who died in his cell two years ago.

The 30-year-old Dublin prisoner and father of two was found in his cell in an unresponsive state with a ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Farmers gather outside supermarkets in protest at low milk prices

FARMERS DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE supermarkets today protesting the low cost of milk.

Liquid milk producers were led in a protest by IFA president Joe Healy outside Dunnes Stores and Aldi in Portlaoise.

Farmers were airing their concerns about the low cost of milk at the ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Man accused of abducting, and stealing savings from, his own elderly father granted bail

Limerick District Court Source: William Murphy

A MAN CHARGED in connection with the abduction of his 80-year-old father, and the stealing of his savings, was granted bail today, despite strenuous objections from gardaí.

Evidence during a bail hearing heard that ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Train disruptions at Kildare-Portlaoise, Belfast, and Pearse Station this weekend

DUBLIN’S PEARSE STREET and Tara Street train stations will be closed this weekend in order for works to take place as part of a project to replace the roof at Pearse Street.

Separately, engineering works will also take place between Kildare and Portlaoise, leading to a number of route ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Investigation launched after Defence Forces member accidentally discharges weapon at petrol station

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a member of the Defence Forces accidentally discharged a firearm during a prison escort convoy earlier this week. 

It’s understood that at approximately 9.30pm on Wednesday evening a member of the Defence Forces accidentally fired one shot from their ...

2020-01-04 02:49 open_in_new
Poll: How much did you spend on Christmas presents this year?

SIN É FOLKS, with the halls well and truly decked for another year, you’re now likely sat in the couch, eyeing up another Turkey and stuffing sandwich. 

Or that overflowing recycling bin.

Between kris kindles, department stores and stocking fillers, seasonal gift-giving ...

2019-12-27 10:01 open_in_new