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LCC Roads Section contact by email only - Due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions, with effect from Monday 30th March 2020 until further notice, it will not be possible to contact Laois County Council's Roads Section by phone. Contact should be made by email only to roadsadmin@laoiscoco.ie Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.   .... Read More
Laois County Council takes the lead in joining together local organisations to assist citizens during Covid-19 - A dedicated community support helpline to be available from Monday March 30th Covid 19 Community Response Forum Press Release List of essential services that will be maintained by Laois County Council   .... Read More
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Portlaoise (Kyletalesha) Civic Amenity & Waste Disposal Site and Portarlington Civic Amenity Site - Following on from the Taoiseach’s announcement last night please note that Portlaoise (Kyletalesha) Civic Amenity & Waste Disposal Site and Portarlington Civic Amenity Site will be closed to the public from Monday, 30th March 2020 until further notice. .... Read More
Closure of Pairc and Phobail and Triogue Linear Park, Portlaoise - Please be advised that following the most recent announcement by Government in relation to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Pairc and Phobail and Triogue Linear Park Portlaoise will be closed to the public with effect from this evening, Saturday 28th March 2020 until further notice. .... Read More
Notice of Temporary Traffic Management – Stradbally Road, Portlaoise - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the use of TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS at the following location: N80 Carlow Road, Portlaoise Road: N80 Stradbally Road From a point: N80/R425 Bloomfield Roundabout To a point: Beladd, Portlaoise ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times; 30/03/2020 Monday and 3/04/2020 Friday 6/04/2020 Monday and 10/04/2020 Friday For… .... Read More
Controlled burning not permitted - Controlled burning not permitted In the lead up to the vegetation fire season (i.e. fires on grasslands, forests and peatlands), and in light of the on-going Covid-19 Emergency, as a measure to reduce non-emergency calls to Fire Service calls centers, controlled burning by the agricultural community is not permitted in County Laois from 1.00 pm… .... Read More
Supporting our Community -   During this time it is essential that we look after the most vulnerable members of our Community. For more information, click below; YouYourCommunityandCORVID10 AdviceForVulnerablePeople ADVICE ON THE RECRUITMENT OF VOLUNTEERS FOR COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY GROUPS .... Read More
Notice of Temporary Traffic Management – Kyletalesha N80 - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the use of STOP-GO BOARD(s) at the following location: N80 Kyletalesha Road: N80 From a point: Kyletalesha waste facility junction To a point: 1km North ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 27/03/2020 08:00 For the purposes of Road Repairs Any objections or observations shall be emailed… .... Read More
Temporary Traffic Management Arrangements – R426 Hophall, Portlaoise - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the use of STOP-GO BOARDs At the following location: R426 Hophall Portlaoise (53.012123, -7.244836) Road: R426 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 26/03/2020 08:00:00 and 26/03/2020 18:00:00 27/03/2020 08:00:00 and 27/03/2020 18:00:00 30/03/2020 08:00:00 and 30/03/2020 18:00:00 31/03/2020 08:00:00 and 31/03/2020 18:00:00 01/04/2020 08:00:00 and 01/04/2020… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: L-1558 Cullahill – Aghmacart, Co. Laois - Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: L-1558 Cullahill - Aghmacart, Co. Laois From a point: Cullahill Village, Co. Laois To a point: 5 Cross Roads, Aghmacart, Co. Laois ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 26/03/2020 11:00 to 26/03/2020 14:00 For the purposes of Road… .... Read More
Temporary Closure – Portlaoise Market - Following the announcement on Tuesday 24th March 2020 by  the Government, Laois County Council wish to advise that the Portlaoise Farmer's Market will be temporarily closed. This is in line with Government directives in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which are to include the closure of all non essential business… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: R-430 Mountrath – Trumra, Co. Laois - Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: R-430 Mountrath - Trumra, Co. Laois From a point: Woodbrook, Mountrath, Co. Laois To a point: Trumra Cross Roads, Mountrath, Co. Laois ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 26/03/2020 10:00 to 26/03/2020 12:00 For the purposes of Road… .... Read More
Support for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - Laois County Council is acutely aware of the potential issues and unprecedented challenges facing ratepayers impacted by the current COVID–19 crisis.  Businesses in the County should contact the Council’s Rate Department or Revenue Collector to discuss their individual situations and agree appropriate arrangements.   During this time of crisis and national public health emergency the… .... Read More
Announcement – Recreation Facilities Closures - Laois County Council Playgrounds, outdoor gyms, multi - use games areas and skatepark will close from tomorrow, 25th March until further notice. This is in line with Government requirements to take appropriate action to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These closures will reduce non-essential contacts and support social distancing measures These measures are… .... Read More
Temporary Road Closure – Togher Road, Portlaoise - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: Togher Road (to Rugby Club), Portlaoise, Co. Laois. From a point: Togher M7 Motorway Bridge To a point: 100m towards Junction 17 Roundabout ON and BETWEEN the following dates & times ( daily) 23/03/2020… .... Read More
The guidelines are clear – keep your distance.  - Social Responsibility is essential for all our health .... Read More
Please avoid public amenities and public walkways in large numbers - Laois County Council would like to request the public to avoid public amenities and public walkways in large numbers. It is vital at this time that we all strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines. https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html   .... Read More
COVID 19 – Renting Privately - COVID 19 - Renting Privately If you are receiving the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) it will continue to be paid. Queries in relation to HAP can  be directed to hap@laoiscoco.ie If you are not receiving Housing Assistance Payment HAP and have experienced a loss in income that adversely impacts your ability to pay your rent… .... Read More
Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in Co. Laois - Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in County Laois Laois County Council is temporarily suspending the enforcement of parking bye-laws in the period Friday 20th March, 2020 to Friday 17th April, 2020 inclusive. In effect this provides that, in the period specified, there will be no monetary charges applicable to car parking… .... Read More
Household & Commercial Waste Collection Services - Household & Commercial Waste Collection Services Contact the relevant waste collection service provider to confirm continuation of services to households and businesses. To reduce the potential for cross contamination: 1. Bins to be presented on the evening before scheduled collection 2. Handles of bins to be cleaned with disinfectant where possible before and after presentation… .... Read More
Arrangements at Portlaoise (Kyletalesha) Civic Amenity & Waste Disposal Site and Portarlington Civic Amenity Sit - Portlaoise (Kyletalesha) Civic Amenity & Waste Disposal Site and Portarlington Civic Amenity Site The above facilities are an essential service and will remain open for customers at this time. However, in the interests of staff and public safety and in order to properly implement HSE and Government Guidelines regarding large gatherings, social distancing and unnecessary… .... Read More
Kids voices to be heard in new Heritage Plan - Laois Heritage Forum is writing a new Heritage Plan for County Laois and we need your help! We want the new plan to include the views of children and young people: what kids would like to see protected, what information they think should be gathered, and what kind of events they would to attend. What… .... Read More
Waste disposal at Portlaoise (Kyletalesha) Civic Amenity & Waste Disposal Site and Portarlington Civic Amenity Site - Portlaoise (Kyletalesha) Civic Amenity & Waste Disposal Site and Portarlington Civic Amenity Site The above facilities are an essential service provider and will remain open for customers at this time. However, in the interests of staff and public safety and in order to properly implement HSE and Government Guidelines regarding large gatherings, social distancing and… .... Read More
Free Online Resources and Ebooks now available at Laois County Library Service - Although Laois Libraries are closed, we still have plenty of online resources to help you through this time. We have both adult and children’s  audio books, e-books and e-magazines. If you are not a library member you can now join online and access these ebooks straight  away here at : https://www.librariesireland.ie/join Our new Press Reader… .... Read More
Library Closures due to COVID 19 - Laois  County Library Service has closed all public libraries in Laois  as a precautionary measure following public health advice relating to the Covid-19 outbreak and cancelled all upcoming library events. Libraries will be closed from Friday 13th of March to Sunday 29th, inclusive. Updates will be posted on the library website https://laois.ie/departments/libraries/ and on library social media… .... Read More
VISITING RESTRICTIONS – COVID-19 Infection - In order to protect the members of the public/staff, Laois County Council Planning Department wish to advise that the public counter at Áras An Chontae is closed. With regard to the COVID-19 Infection the Planning Department are implementing the following procedures:   Pre-Planning Meetings All pre planning meetings have been suspended for the foreseeable future.… .... Read More
COVID19 – PUBLIC NOTICE - In response to the most recent developments in trying to delay the widespread onset of Covid19 in our community and having regard to the impact of school closures and crèche closures in particular, Laois County Council wishes to make the following announcement: The Council’s priority is to ensure the health of the general public whilst… .... Read More
Fighting Words Laois -Volunteers Needed! - Laois County Library Service in association with Local Creative Youth Partnership / LOETB and supported by Creative Ireland Laois is establishing a FIGHTING WORDs programme in Laois. The aim is to help children, young people, and adults to discover and harness the power of their imaginations and creative writing skills.  For more information click here,  .... Read More
Call for Submissions for Visual Arts Mentor/Curator -   Laois County Council is seeking submissions from suitably qualified and experienced visual arts practitioners to undertake the role of mentor-curator to Laois Arthouse Collective – Laois Arthouse, Stradbally. This role will involve flexibility to engage with Laois Arthouse Collective [the Collective] and its members, during the period May – October 2020, at its Laois… .... Read More
Expressions of Interest for Occupational Therapist Services and Qualified Building Contractors - Expressions of Interest for Occupational Therapist Services and Qualified Building Contractors Laois County Council is seeking expressions of interest from Occupational Therapists to provide assessments for applications relating to the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability and Mobility Aids Grant. Laois County Council is also seeking expressions of interest from Qualified Building Contractors… .... Read More
At the following location: Road: R445 Mountrath to Castletown - At the following location: Road: R445 Mountrath to Castletown At point: Applegreen Mountrath ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 10/03/2020 8:00 and 11/03/2020 16:30 For the purposes of Emergency Drainage Works Please see attached map (below) R445 AppleGreen Mountrath Any objections or observations shall be emailed to: wdanagher@laoiscoco.ie ekenny@laoiscoco.ie ddunne@laoiscoco.ie Signed: Dermot Dunne… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location Road: L6138 Ratheven / Ballydavis, Portlaoise - Of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location Road: L6138 Ratheven / Ballydavis, Portlaoise From a point: Junction with L2133 To a point: Junction with L6139 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 9/3/2020 08.30Hrs - 16.00Hrs and 11/3/2020 08.30Hrs - 16.00Hrs For the purposes of Drainage Works… .... Read More
Laois Artist to exhibit at United Irish Cultural Centre of San Francisco -   Annie Holland’s Children of the Free State Photography Exhibit Opening Night Artist’s Reception March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm The exhibit opens  with a reception on Friday, March 13, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. “Children of the Free State” is a series of large scale photographic portraits of older people from rural Ireland born… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location Road: L7879 from Junction with the N80 to junction with L-78791-0 - Of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location Road: L7879 from Junction with the N80 to junction with L-78791-0 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 06/03/2020 08:00 and 06/03/2020 18:00 For the purposes of Installation of large diameter drainage crossing Any objections or observations shall be emailed… .... Read More
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information - In light of the current Coronavirus issue, please read the factsheet below: Coronavirus English Language Coronavirus Irish Language .... Read More
Temporary Traffic Lights – N80 near Simmons Cross - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the use of Temporary Traffic Lights At the following location: Road: N80 approximately 2 km south of Simmons Cross From a point: 100m North of Junction with L3978 To a point: 200m south of Junction with L3979 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 08:00 – Thursday… .... Read More
Laois County Council hereby serves notice that it is intended to temporarily close the L6696 -0 from the National Enterprise Park to its Junction with the L-26963-0 - COMHAIRLE CHONTAE LAOISE LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL SECTION 75, ROADS ACT 1993 (Road Regulations 1994) In accordance with the provisions of Section 75 of the above Act and Article 12 of the Roads Regulations, 1994, Laois County Council hereby serves notice that it is intended to temporarily close the L6696-0 from the National Enterprise Park to… .... Read More
J17 National Enterprise Park Road Closure Notice - SECTION 75, ROADS ACT 1993(Road Regulations 1994) In accordance with the provisions of Section 75 of the above Act and Article 12 of the Roads Regulations, 1994, Laois County Council hereby serves notice that it is intended to temporarily close the L6696-0 from the National Enterprise Park to its Junction with the L-26963-0. The road… .... Read More
Chairman’s Award for good environmental farm practice launched for 2020 - Chairman’s Award for good environmental practice on the farm            This is the second year that Laois County Council has held such an agricultural competition to recognise farmers for the excellent work and good environmental practices which they carry out on a daily basis on their farms. The competition is open… .... Read More
Severe Weather update: 6pm Sat 15th Feb 2020 - River levels being monitored and are currently holding in all areas.  Heavy rainfall has caused some road flooding issues in certain areas, all dealt with by LCC staff and Fire Services.  At time of posting there are no road closures in place.  Driver caution is advised at all times. A number of fallen tree incidents… .... Read More
Emergency numbers for Severe Weather – weekend 15th/16th Feb 2020 - EMERGENCY: 999 OR 112 LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICE: 057-8664000 LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL OUT OF HOURS NUMBER: 057-8664235 ESB NETWORKS: 1850 372 999 GAS NETWORKS IRELAND: 1850 205 050 IRISH WATER: 1850 278 278 .... Read More
Severe Weather Update – 3pm Friday 14th February, 2020 - Taking account of Status Yellow Weather Warnings there is an ongoing flood risk in County Laois through to next week. Predicted rainfall, taken in conjunction with prevailing river levels, give rise to this flood risk.  In the first instance flood risk largely relates to Mountmellick, Mountrath and to the usual flood hotspots throughout the county… .... Read More
Community Grants 2020 - Community Grants Scheme 2020 The Community Grants Scheme provides grant aid to Residents Associations, Community Groups and other groups/committees who are engaged in community amenity works in their own area. Each year applications are invited for amenity projects such as landscaping, purchase of equipment i.e. strimmers, lawnmowers etc. and the maximum grant available is determined… .... Read More
Creative Response to Climate Change Commission 2020 - Laois County Council, with the support of Creative Ireland and Midlands Science, wishes to commission a team comprising an artist and a scientist to explore, engage with and present aspects of climate change in partnership with a local community in Laois. The project has a commission value of €9,000. Climate disruption will have diverse and… .... Read More
Update on Road Closures 13th Feb 2020 - The Bay Road, Mountmellick is now open as the flood has receded. The following roads are closed: The L-21331 at Clonterry closed due to flood water Old Leighlin Road, Graiguecullen closed due to flood water Further updates will be provided as necessary. .... Read More
Old Leighlin Road, Graiguecullen closed due to flooding - Please note that due to flooding, Old Leighlin Road Graiguecullen is closed until further notice. Updates will be circulated as necessary.     .... Read More
Tourism Grants Scheme 2020 -     Laois County Council Tourism Grants Scheme 2020 Laois County Council recognises the contribution that tourism makes to the lives of the people of the county and the economic benefits in terms of increased activity and visitor numbers.  In recognition of these benefits and the extent of the voluntary effort involved in the organisation… .... Read More
Temporary Closure of the Linear Park, Portlaoise, Co Laois - The Linear Park will be closed from 8am on Monday 17th February through to 5pm on Wednesday 19th February 2020 to allow for essential maintenance of the vegetation and trees on both sides of the CIE/Irish Rail line embankments. We regret any inconvenience caused.  Please contact Laois County Council (057)86 64000 if you have any queries regarding… .... Read More
VACANCIES -       Laois County Council wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified persons for inclusion on a panel which is being established to fill the vacancy for the following positions: Assistant Planner Executive Planner Healthy Ireland County Co-ordinator Librarian (Temporary) Applications, on the official application form, must be received by post not later than… .... Read More
Temporary Traffic Measures – Ballyfin N.S. - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the use of TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS or STOP-GO BOARD(s) (to be determined at site) At the following location: Road: L21121 From a point: Ballyfin National School To a point: Approx 100m south ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 09:30 – 18:00 Wed 05/02/2020 to 09:30 –… .... Read More