Election candidate slams Fine Gael policy on hospitals

“THREE years ago in a fanfare of hype and typical Fine Gael spin, the people in Mountmellick were informed by leaflet that a new €23.7 million state-of-the-art 130-bed extension would be added to St Vincent’s Hospital in the town. The...

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‘Sam’ causes a stir at Oakdale home

OAKDALE Nursing Home in Portarlington recently threw a party for its residents to celebrate its tenth birthday, having first opened its doors to residents in 2009. However, this was a party with a difference as there was a guest appearance...

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School yearbook jam packed with stories and puzzles

LIFE, love and laughter are the themes of a colourful yearbook produced by the Holy Family Senior NS in Portlaoise....

Tuesday, 21/05/19 - 11:29am Read More

RTS group questions candidates’ stance on Kyle spring

THE Ratheniska, Timahoe, Spink (RTS) Community Environmental Group who, up to today, (Tuesday), have spent 328 continuous days protesting outside the site...

Sunday, 19/05/19 - 11:20am Read More

Vicarstown hall plays host to Grattan lecture

AN audience of 80 people crowded into the classroom of the old school in Vicarstown on Friday night 26 April....

Saturday, 18/05/19 - 3:18pm Read More

Parents ‘burnt out’ waiting for ASD services

IT’S a scandal that parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have to wait up to five years to...

Saturday, 18/05/19 - 1:16pm Read More

Hospital hosts information day for asthmatics

TO coincide with the 21st annual World Asthma Day, Portlaoise hospital hosted an information day. This year’s theme was STOP for Asthma. This...

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INTO book donation to hospital sourced locally

THE Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. As part of events to mark this momentous...

Friday, 17/05/19 - 4:10pm Read More

Labour candidate to campaign for increased supports for libraries and arts

THE Labour Party local election candidate in the Graiguecullen/Portarlington municipal district Eoin Barry said that he will campaign for increased supports...

Friday, 17/05/19 - 1:09pm Read More

FETC students publish collection of work in ‘little book’

SIX students who attended a book and creative writing club at Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre (FETC) have published...

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Pupils leave past behind in move to new school

HISTORY was made in Portarlington last Tuesday morning (7 May) when pupils, teachers and staff walked out of St Patrick’s...

Thursday, 16/05/19 - 5:01pm Read More

Everyone’s a winner

MEMBERS of Mountmellick-based Laois Martial Arts Club travelled to Wexford recently for their latest challenge. The team was made up of...

Thursday, 16/05/19 - 4:01pm Read More

Chapel of Rest may be relocated

MANAGEMENT at Portlaoise hospital are in discussions with the community service at nearby St Fintan’s Hospital to relocate its Chapel of...

Thursday, 16/05/19 - 10:27am Read More

Anger in Mountmellick at plans to relocate post office to supermarket

ANGER is growing in Mountmellick over plans by An Post to relocate the post office. An outdoor pubic meeting to...

Wednesday, 15/05/19 - 4:26pm Read More

Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington 5k run in eighth year

OVER 500 students and staff are expected to participate in the eighth school 5kms road race (believed to be first...

Wednesday, 15/05/19 - 1:24pm Read More

Cllr calls for ban on election posters

LOCAL election candidate councillor Noel Tuohy claims that other political parties are “playing catch-up with public opinion on election posters.”  Cllr...

Wednesday, 15/05/19 - 10:34am Read More

College becomes first to introduce junior cycle journals

PORTLAOISE College entered the history books last week when it became the first secondary school in Ireland to introduce reflective Junior...

Tuesday, 14/05/19 - 3:16pm Read More

Laois groups among ‘good causes’ award winners

‘ORDINARY people doing extraordinary things’ was the motto used to describe the winners of the National Lottery Good Causes awards,...

Tuesday, 14/05/19 - 1:12pm Read More

Kavanaghs are first winners of farm environment awards

THE first-ever awards for the best environmental farmers in Laois were presented at a special ceremony in County Hall last...

Tuesday, 14/05/19 - 11:12am Read More

Derelict property could be restored for social housing

AN “ugly” derelict house in Stradbally has been referred to the county’s vacant homes officer in the hope that it...

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