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At the following location: South Circular Road Portlaoise - At the following location: South Circular Road, Portlaoise Road: Southern Circular Road From a point: Various Manhole Locations ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 27/05/2020 08:00:00 28/05/2020 08:00:00 29/05/2020 08:00:00 30/05/2020 08:00:00 and 27/05/2020 18:00:00 28/05/2020 18:00:00 29/05/2020 18:00:00 30/05/2020 18:00:00 For the purposes of Traffic Management for CCTV Works Please see attached… .... Read More
Of the use of STOP-GO BOARD(s) At the following location: Road: R433 and L1596 Rathdowney - Of the use of STOP-GO BOARD(s) At the following location: Road: R433 and L1596 Rathdowney At point: Coneyburrow Bridge ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 27/05/2020 8:00 and 27/05/2020 16:30 For the purposes of Bridge Maintenance Works Please see attached map (below) Coneyburrow Bridge Rathdowney Any objections or observations shall be emailed to:… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: L-78001-0 Crutt / Graiguenahown - Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: L-78001-0 Crutt / Graiguenahown From a point: Junction with L7800 To a point: Junction with L 7799 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 26/05 /2020 08.00Hrs - 18.00Hrs and 27/05/2020 08.00Hrs - 18.00Hrs For the purposes of Road… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: R-430-111 Mountrath Road, Abbeyleix - Of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: R-430-111 Mountrath Road, Abbeyleix From a point: Junction with L-16566 Fosters Cross To a point: Junction with N77 Abbeyleix Town Centre ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 28/05/2020 08.00Hrs and 28/05/2020 18.00Hrs For the purposes of Road Surfacing… .... Read More
Africa Day 2020 - Africa Day will take place today Monday – 25th May. Although public events cannot take place in Ireland due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, this important anniversary will still be celebrated across Ireland on social media.   Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the African Union, which took place in… .... Read More
Notice of Temporary Road Closure – Crutt / Graiguenahown - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: L-78001-0 Crutt / Graiguenahown From a point: Junction with L7800 To a point: Junction with L 7799 ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 26/06 /2020 08.00Hrs - 18.00Hrs and 27/06 /2020 08.00Hrs… .... Read More
COVID 19 – PLANNING DEPARTMENT VISITING RESTRICTIONS - As public offices will remain closed in the initial easing of restrictions during Phase 1 (25th May to 8th June 2020), Laois County Council Planning Department wish to advise that the reopening of the planning system to members of the public in the initial period will be by appointment only and only one person can attend an allocated time… .... Read More
Re-Start – a Fund to Reconnect Small and Micro Businesses - The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has agreed details of a €250m Restart Grant which will provide grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures. The grant will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, with… .... Read More
Of the use of TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS  At the following location: Road: N80  - Of the use of TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS  At the following location: Road: N80  From a point: Junction with L7879 To a point: 3.0km north of Arles Village ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 18/05/2020 08:30 and 26/06/2020 18:00 For the purposes of Installation of Culvert on Coolanowle Stream Please see attached map (below)… .... Read More
M7/M8 Motorway – Proposed Roadworks / Lane Restrictions - ROADS ACT 1993 (Road Regulations 1994)   M7/M8 Motorway – Proposed Roadworks / Lane Restrictions 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 proposes to implement slip lane (merge and diverge ramps) and roundabout closures… .... Read More
Community Call Helpline – Change of hours - We will now be here to help from 9AM to 5PM,Monday to Saturday. This new change will come into effect from tomorrow Tuesday 19th May. .... Read More
Cruinniu na nÓg 2020 Celebrates A Sense of Place in Laois - Unleash your creative spirit! Cruinniu na nÓg 2020 is a national day of free creativity for children and young people across Ireland and will take place on Saturday 13th June 2020.  Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation in creativity and culture. Due to current restrictions this year, things will work a little differently with… .... Read More
Calling all up and coming musicians! - Cruinnú na nÓg Online Open Mic Night One of the first initiatives of this year’s Cruinniu na nÓg ,a national day of creativity for young people, is an Open Mic Night.  This is a super opportunity for up and coming musicians to showcase their work and also to win some great prizes. Music Generation Laois… .... Read More
Our Community Call -                 We are here to help the cocooning and vulnerable members of our Community Freephone 1800 832 010 or email covidsupport@laoiscoco.ie 8AM to 8PM Monday to Sunday We can help with: Collection or delivery of food, essential items Social isolation supports Garda related issues Other medical or health… .... Read More
Keeping in Touch - Do you need help to keep you connected with family, friends and neighbours? Age Action Ireland have helpful resources to keep you in touch  How to set up an email account on your Smartphone How to download Apps on your Smartphone How to use WhatsAPP to make video calls How to use zoom on your… .... Read More
Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in County Laois - Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in County Laois Further to previous notice in relation to the above, Laois County Council is extending the temporary suspension of the enforcement of parking bye-laws for the period Tuesday 19th May to Monday 29th June 2020 (both dates in inclusive). In effect this provides that,… .... Read More
Portarlington Civic Amenity Site is open today - Portarlington Civic Amenity Site is open today. The facility will revert to previous opening hours from tomorrow, Wednesday, 13th May 2020, i.e. 8.00am to 3.30pm Mon, Wed & Fri and 8.00am to 1.30pm on Saturdays. .... Read More
Third Order extending the planning time periods during the Covid-19 emergency - Circulars PL 02/2020 of 29 March 2020 and PL 03/2020 of 17 April notified planning authorities of the making of Orders by the Government under section 251A(4) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, to the effect that the period of 29 March 2020 to 9 May 2020, inclusive, could be dis-applied in… .... Read More
Re-opening of Pairc and Phobail and Triogue Linear Park Portlaoise - Laois County Council is pleased to advise that both the Triogue Linear Park and Pairc an Phobail Portlaoise will re-open on Monday 11th May 2020. Play and other equipment in the parks will not be accessible in line with current social distancing guidelines. We ask that when using the parks, you do so mindful of… .... Read More
Laois County Council Construction Programmes - The following housing projects have been designated as essential projects within the meaning of the COVID-19 health regulations and works on site have re-commenced.   The Glen, Portarlington. An 18 apartment development being delivered by Co-Operative Housing Ireland.  This development is a mix of 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments.   Court View, Main Street,… .... Read More
Extension of temporary suspension of enforcement measures for Paid Parking to 18th May 2020 - Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in County Laois Further to previous notice in relation to the above, Laois County Council is extending the temporary suspension of the enforcement of parking bye-laws for the period Wednesday 6th May 2020 to Monday 18th May 2020 (both dates in inclusive). In effect this provides… .... Read More
We are here to help over the Bank Holiday Weekend -      If you are cocooning and in need of support,  contact us at Freephone 1800 832 010 Email covidsupport@laoiscoco.ie 8AM to 8PM 7 Days a Week .... Read More
Let’s Play Ireland Gov.ie – Official Launch - On Friday 24th April, Minister Zappone launched an initiative for children –  Let’s Play Ireland  a gov.ie resource to support children and young people’s play during this time. Let’s Play Ireland is an online portal on Gov.ie, providing access to a range of play resources for children.  The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has worked with… .... Read More
Garden Biodiversity colouring book published - A new colouring book for children has been published, based on the "Gardening for Biodiversity" booklet by Juanita Brown also released by Laois Heritage Office this week. The book, featuring beautiful illustrations of garden wildlife by artist Barry Reynolds, will be fun for any youngsters  interested in finding out more about the wildlife in their… .... Read More
Competition-Create your own Bookmark for Laois County Library Services - Laois County Library Service are running a  Create your own “Comic Strip” book mark competition. There are 2 age categories-Closing date 15th  of May 2020.   Winners will have their designs printed as bookmarks for use in all Laois Libraries . Forms and templates are available to download here   .... Read More
Garden wildlife Create a Haven for Wildlife - New guide shows how to look after wildlife in your garden A new booklet to assist everyone to help wildlife in their gardens, no matter how big or small, has been launched. The brainchild of Juanita Browne, the booklet was produced by Laois County Council with the assistance of Local Authority Heritage Officers across Ireland,… .... Read More
Community Grants Scheme 2020 – Deadline Extension - The deadline for receipt of fully completed applications has now been extended to Friday 15th May 2020 at 12pm.  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… .... Read More
Home Loan Mortgage Payment Break - Apply for a home loan mortgage payment break: Covid -19 - Application form for Mortgage Payment Break Covid- 19- Mortgage Payment Break - Frequently Asked Questions .... Read More
Extension of Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in County Laois - Extension of Temporary Suspension of Enforcement Measures for Paid Parking Bye-Laws in County Laois Further to previous notice in relation to the above, Laois County Council is extending the temporary suspension of the enforcement of parking bye-laws for the period Friday 17th April 2020 to Tuesday 5th May 2020 (both dates in inclusive). In effect… .... Read More
Our Community Call - Remember Laois County Council's  Community Call  helpline is open from 8am til 8pm. .... Read More
New Government webpage available to receive offers of Covid-19 assistance - The Office of Government Procurement recently launched a webpage to facilitate offers of assistance from businesses and other organisations that are seeking to provide supplies or services in support of the national response to Covid-19. The webpage is available at gov.ie/covidsupplies Since Covid-19 arrived in Ireland, businesses and other organisations have been contacting Government and… .... Read More
We are here 8AM to 8PM Monday to Sunday - Contact us at 1800 832 010 or covidsupport@laoiscoco.ie if you require help with accessing supports during this health emergency .... Read More
Contact list for Laois County Council Services - Due to Covid 19 the Council offices are closed to the public. Essential services are still be maintained and the below attachment lists the contact details to access those services by members of the public: Contact Details   .... Read More
Decorated quernstone fragment from Kilmanman Clonaslee (Photo Paul Stevens Archaeology) Carved stones give clues to early origins of Laois church - Two carved fragments of stone uncovered during conservation works at Kilmanman Graveyard during conservation works have shed new light on the early Christian origins of the site. Work to protect the stonework at the church was commissioned in 2019 by Laois Heritage Office in partnership with Clonaslee Community Development Association, supported by Creative Ireland Laois.… .... Read More
Laois Community Response Support Helpline - Due to Covid-19 all Council buildings are closed to the public. The Council phone line 057 866 4000 remains open Monday –Friday 9 am to 5pm to deal with normal Council queries. The Laois County Council Community Response Support Helpline is available on 1800 832 010 (8am to 8pm seven days a week) The Helpline… .... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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