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Poll: Should Ireland only fund Olympic sports where we have the best chance of winning?

IRISH ATHLETES WINNING medals at the Olympic Games is as wonderful as it is rare.

On the all-time list of medal-winning countries we come in about 60th place, depending on what exactly you’re counting.

As a small country it’s clearly very hard for Ireland to compete with the big ...

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Poll: Do you check your work emails out-of-hours?

LAWS TO ALLOW for the right to disconnect, which gives workers the legal standing to avoid work emails outside working hours, will be considered by government, according to Business Minister Heather Humphreys. 

The initiative was introduced in France in 2017, mandating companies with ...

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Poll: Should Ireland reintroduce wolves?

WOLVES WERE ONCE common in Ireland, but the animal was hunted to extinction almost 250 years ago. It’s believed the last native animal was tracked down and killed on Mount Leinster in 1786. 

Now, some environmentalists here are hoping to see the species return to the island.

There ...

2019-08-15 11:37 open_in_new
Poll: Should VAT be removed on condoms and menstrual cups?

HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris wants VAT removed from condoms and menstrual cups. 

Harris is expected to call for VAT to be scrapped on these products in October’s Budget. The reduced rate of VAT of 13.5% applies to condoms, while a VAT rate of 23% applies to products such as menstrual ...

2019-08-12 11:10 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 ...

2019-08-10 03:31 open_in_new
Poll: Would you support a larger Women's National League?

THE WORLD’S FOOTBALL governing body, Fifa, wants to have 60 million women playing its game by 2026.

That’s an ambitious plan to double its current numbers. 

Ireland, today, has 19,000 youth players but only 4,800 adults in its ranks. 

The feasibility of doubling ...

2019-08-08 11:37 open_in_new
Poll: Would you swim in the Liffey today?

THE 100TH LIFFEY Swim is due to take place in the city centre today despite warnings from the HSE and the council. 

Dublin City Council tested the water quality after sewer debris was discharged into the Liffey following heavy rains earlier this week. The HSE has also said that swimming ...

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Poll: Should Ireland ban all single-use plastics?

AWARENESS OF HOW much plastic we use and throw away in Ireland has been growing in recent years. 

Plastic is a cheap, durable material that has been around for decades and has a wide range of uses.

Most plastics take up to 1,000 years to decompose and there are growing ...

2019-08-01 11:37 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, ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 ...

2019-07-30 05:01 open_in_new
Trains cancelled and delayed due to mechanical fault

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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 ...

2019-07-30 05:01 open_in_new
Man arrested after Portlaoise stabbing in broad daylight

GARDAÍ IN LAOIS have arrested a man after a stabbing in Portlaoise.

A man in his late 20s received non life-threatening injuries in the stabbing, which occurred on Church Street in the town this morning, at around 11am.

The victim, also in his late 20s, received apparent ...

2019-07-30 05:01 open_in_new
Five arrested and €230,000 worth of drugs seized in major operation in three counties

GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED five people and seized €230,000 worth of drugs in three counties.

As part of Operation Minstrel, an intelligence-led operation targeting drug trafficking activities by organised criminals, gardaí attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, ...

2019-07-30 05:01 open_in_new
Body of missing Polish man found

GARDAÍ HAVE FOUND the body of a man missing from his home in Laois. He had not been seen since last Wednesday.

Krzysztof Misztela was reported missing from his home in Belligham, Portlaoise.

Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance.

Additional reporting by Paul ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 ...

2019-07-30 05:01 open_in_new
Man arrested over assault of Irish Rail worker who was locked in boot for 9 hours

A 35-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested over an assault and false imprisonment in Laois earlier this month.

A security member at an Irish Rail compound was assaulted and locked in a car boot at 5am on Thursday 7 December in Kilbricken, Mountrath, Co Laois.

The man was approached ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 evening ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 ...

2019-07-30 05:01 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 ...

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