Laois News

See who was in Portlaoise District Court last week

A man who caused €18,147 damage to a Portlaoise hotel, which included damaging the bridal suite, came before Portlaoise District court last Thursday.   Read reports from Portlaoise District Court that was held on Thursday 8 April in next week’s...

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Fire crews battle major blaze near Mountmellick

By Carmel Hayes FIRE crews are battling a major blaze near Mountmellick tonight. The fire broke out in bogland area...

Monday, 12/04/21 - 1:05am Read More

Weekend Covid update from Portlaoise hospital

By Carmel Hayes THE number of Covid patients in Portlaoise hospital has ranged between three and five over the past...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 6:44pm Read More

Laois Hire keeps its name after €11.2m buyout

THE highly successful Laois Hire business will continue trading under its own name, following its sale to a UK firm...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 5:10pm Read More

Bus Éireann update as lockdown lifts

Bus Éireann issues travel guidance from Monday 12 April With changes to travel restrictions and the full resumption of education...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 3:16pm Read More

Gardaí seize car in Laois village

GARDAÍ impounded a car from yet another uninsured driver in the county this morning. The latest seizure was made in...

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Weekend read: Three complaints of illegal dumping lodged with Laois County Council a day

‘It’s a blight on our communities and the problem is not going to go away’ – Councillor Ollie Clooney. ‘Fine...

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The death has taken place of Seamus (Jim) Fahy – Mountrath

Seamus (Jim) Fahy, Father O’Connor Crescent, Mountrath passed away peacefully on Saturday 10 April at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise...

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Retired Garda passes away RIP

The death has been announced of Eugene Byrne, Killeens, Wexford and late of Portlaoise On Saturday 10 April: Eugene Byrne...

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Sulky horse racing along public roads in Laois raised at meeting

‘If sulky racing is so popular then it needs to be regulated’ – Councillor Aisling Moran     By Joe...

Saturday, 10/04/21 - 4:19pm Read More

National News

Hotel quarantine extension to proceed despite concerns over capacity

Digital Desk Staff The Department of Health said on Sunday night the extension of mandatory hotel quarantine to countries including the US, Canada, France and Italy would go ahead this week despite capacity fears. As The Irish Times reports, it said there remains “serious concern in relation...

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Government fears restrictions on AstraZeneca could slow vaccine rollout

Digital Desk Staff New restrictions on the use of AstraZeneca doses could slow the State’s vaccine rollout just when it was supposed...

Monday, 12/04/21 - 7:08am Read More

‘Reasons for hope’ says Glynn ahead of lifting of 5km travel limit

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn has said Ireland has “many reasons for hope” facing into next week. In...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 6:53pm Read More

Explainer: Grants cut for plug-in hybrids and electric cars

Neil Briscoe So, what’s happening with electric vehicle grants? They’re being reduced. The Government has announced that it is trimming...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 5:45pm Read More

Two fully vaccinated people released from hotel quarantine after legal challenge

Two people, who are fully vaccinated, have been released from mandatory hotel quarantine after challenging the legality of their detention,...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 5:37pm Read More

Children’s Commissioner calls out ‘child abuse’ in recent unrest in the North

James Ward, PA The North’s children’s commissioner has said the behaviour of some adults in relation to the unrest in...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 4:52pm Read More

Covid-19: 303 confirmed cases, two additional deaths

The Department of Health has been notified of 303 new cases of Covid-19 and two additional deaths. Of the deaths...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 4:20pm Read More

Cambodia condemns VICE for images by Irish artist adding smiles to Khmer Rouge victims

Reuters The Cambodian government has called on US media group VICE to withdraw an article featuring newly colourised photos of...

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 4:07pm Read More

Irish author and playwright Lee Dunne dies, aged 86

Sarah Slater The well-known Irish author and playwright Lee Dunne (86) has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease....

Sunday, 11/04/21 - 2:32pm Read More

Fully vaccinated could soon be exempt from hotel quarantine, Minister says

People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may soon be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine in Ireland, according to...

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