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Portlaoise Civic Amenity Area – Waste Oil - Please note that waste oil cannot be accepted at Portlaoise Tipping and Civic Amenity Area until further notice.  The waste oil can be brought to the Civic Amenity Site in Portarlington. .... Read More
Four of Irelands’ Finest Traditional Musicians in Concert - The Laois Arts Office and Music Generation Laois in association with the Dunamaise Arts Centre are delighted to present a Music Network Concert on Sunday 15th September at St Peters Church of Ireland, Portlaoise at 7pm. Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín: a new collaboration between four traditional musicians who have… .... Read More
Road Closure – Main Street, Portlaoise - Laois County Council wishes to notify the public of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location; Road: Main Street, Portlaoise (L-21208-0, L-21209-0 and L-63101-0) From a point: Junction with Market Square (N80) To a point: Junction with Stradbally Road (N80) ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times Monday… .... Read More
Stop/Go Boards – Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise - Notification of positive traffic controls at the following location: Road: N80 Mountmellick Rd., Portlaoise From a point: Abbeyleix Rd., Roundabout To a point: Entrance to Rossvale Estate ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 9am Wednesday 14th August and Tuesday 4.30pm 27th August For the purposes of Civil works at various locations along the… .... Read More
Road Closure – Collier’s Lane, Portlaoise. - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location Road: L-6137-0 Colliers Lane, Portlaoise From a point: Junction with L-2133-59 Borris Rd To a point: Junction with R-445-145 Dublin Road ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times Thursday 15th August 2019 from 09:30… .... Read More
Extension of Road Closure – R445 – Ballybrittas to Monasterevin Road - Extension of Works by one day due to adverse Weather Conditions. Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following roads at the following location: Road: R445 – Ballybrittas to Monasterevin Road at Jamestown Cross Roads (Bolands Pub) From a point: Ballybrittas Village (R445/L71562 Junction) To a point: R420… .... Read More
J17 National Enterprise Park, Togher, Portlaoise, Co. Laois Compulsory Purchase Order No. 10 of 2019 - Laois County Council J17 National Enterprise Park, Togher, Portlaoise, Co. Laois Compulsory Purchase Order No. 10 of 2019 The Compulsory Purchase Order will be on display at Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois between the hours of 09:30 am and 4:00 pm on Mondays to Fridays (bank holidays excluded) from 13th August… .... Read More
Teddy Fennelly (Laois Heritage Society), Catherine Casey (Laois County Council) and Michael McEvoy (Model Aeronautics Council of Ireland) at the recent conference on “Irish Aviation – Past, Present and Future”, held in Galway. Laois Represented at Major Conference on Irish Aviation History - Laois was represented at a major international conference held recently in Clifden to mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic airplane flight by Alcock and Brown in June 1919. Teddy Fennelly of Laois Heritage Society, Catherine Casey of Laois County Council and Michael McEvoy President of the Model Aeronautics Council of Ireland (also an… .... Read More
Latest edition of Midlands Arts Magazine now available - The latest free edition of the Midlands Arts Magazine is now available to pick up at Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Dunamaise Arts Centre and local libraries or download a low resolution version HERE. Lots of good news on the creative arts and culture scene from Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. The image on the cover… .... Read More
Status Yellow – Rainfall warning for Munster and Leinster - Heavy Rain will spread from the south Thursday evening and night. Accumulations of 25 to 40mm will occur over a relatively short time period. Spot flooding is likely. Valid: Thursday 08 August 2019 19:00 to Friday 09 August 2019 07:00 .... Read More
Use of Traffic Lights - Of the use of Traffic Lights - At the following locations as listed below: Laught or common: Road: N80, Laugh of Commons, Co. Laois. From a point: Clonaghadoo turn off n80 to a point 500m North of this point. Grange Upper: Road: Grange Upper: N80, Grange Upper, Co. Laois. From a point: From Dysart L-6772… .... Read More
Free Couch & Mattress Amnesty - There has been a huge and very positive response to date to the Free Couch & Mattress Amnesty which is our latest Anti Dumping Initiative. If you have not availed of the initiative yet there is still time !!! Collections are as follows: Kyletalesha Landfill - Civic Amenity Site all this week inclusive of Saturday… .... Read More
Award-winning wildlife authors visit Laois for Heritage Week - As part of the celebration of Heritage Week in Laois, two award-winning authors will be visiting libraries in Mountmellick and Portlaoise for wildlife art workshops on Friday 23rd August. Aga Grandowicz is an award-winning wildlife illustrator, co-author of “Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals”, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2018… .... Read More
SPC Scheme 2019-2024 Public Consultation - The members of Laois County Council, at their meeting on the 29th of July 2019, considered and adopted a draft Strategic Policy Committee Scheme for the period 2019-2024, see hereunder for details of same. Draft SPC scheme Comhairle Chontae Laois 2019 - 2024 V 1 Draft Strategic Policy Committee scheme Committee Membership 2019 - 2024 Submissions… .... Read More
Exhibition on show at Laois Arthouse ‘Dialogues’ by Una Sealy - Pay a visit to the Laois Arthouse to view the current exhibition 'Dialogues' by artist Una Sealy. As well as her fabulous work you can view work from people who took part in her summer workshop. Opening times; Tues & Thurs 1pm-5.00pm & 5.30pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-1pm (Except on Bank Holidays) entry through library to front… .... Read More
Road Works – Kilcruise, Ballycorman, Ballylynan, Clonadoran & Simmons Cross - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the of the use of Temporary Traffic Lights at the following locations: Kilcruise: Road: N78, Kilcruise, Co. Laois. From a point: Mooneys cross roads to Gregory’s cross roads. (see attached map) HD28 2019- Mechanical Abrasion Drawings-Kilcruise Ballycorman: Road: N78, Ballycorman, Co. Laois. From a point: From Ballylinan village… .... Read More
Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 - Notice is hereby given that Laois County Council has prepared a draft Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018.   Full details and documents can be viewed here:  Climate Change .... Read More
Irish Farm Plastic – collection dates - The Irish Farm Plastic collection dates and locations for Laois can be found here: Farm Plastics .... Read More
Talk by the National Gallery at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally - A free, illustrated talk by the National Gallery will take place at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally (Library area) on Monday 17th June at 7pm. Titled Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art,  the talk will explore the exhibition: its timely topics, the works displayed and the powerful impact of humans on our environment. Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art is… .... Read More
Summer Camps & Activities Directory - Summer Directory is available now online, schools, libraries and public buildings. Sports-Directory-2019 .... Read More
Local Elections 2019 – Election Results - Please follow the links below for the results of the 2019 Local Elections by area. Borris In Ossory - Mountmellick LEA Graiguecullen - Portarlington LEA Portlaoise LEA Please see the Declarations of Results for each of the following Local Electoral Areas:- Signed Declaration of Result Sheet for Borris In Ossory Mountmellick Signed Declaration of Results… .... Read More
Notification for the Temporary Road Closure in Rathdowney - Notification for the Temporary Road Closure in Rathdowney Laois County Council wishes to advise of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location Road:  R-435 Johnstown Glebe and Knockheel, Rathdowney ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 28/05/2019 07:30 and 31/05/2019 7pm For the purposes of Emergency Road Works.… .... Read More
Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick LEA re-count update - The re-count has now concluded in Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick LEA. After a thorough examination and re-count as requested by Councillor Goodwin two number errors were detected in the distribution of the Lorna Holohan-Garry exclusion. The impact of the errors are: Error 1: Extra vote credited to Phelan Error 2: Extra vote credited to Bergin These votes have… .... Read More
POSITIVE TRAFFIC CONTROLS on N80 Mountmellick Rd., Portlaoise - Laois County Council wishes to advise of the use of Stop-Go Boards on N80 Mountmellick Road, Potlaoise. At the following location: Road: N80 Mountmellick Rd Portlaoise From a point: Irish Rail Entrance To a point: Ballyfin Rd ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times 8am 28.05.19 and 6pm 15.07.19   For the purposes of… .... Read More
Temporary Road Closure – Galmoy, Co. Kilkenny R435 - Laois County Council would like to advise motorists of a Temporary Road Closure at R435 Galmoy, Co. Kilkenny. Please refer to link below of traffic Management Plan for diversion routes. R435 Galmoy Diversion Any queries should be referred to Kilkenny County Council Roads Dept at 056 - 7794060. .... Read More
Local Election 2019 Count - We are back up and started at the count centre in Portlaoise. Follow us on twitter @LaoisCouncil for live updates. #LE19 #LocalElections2019 #Laois .... Read More
Anna and Sarah Rothwell, Birr pictured at the launch of the new book “Saving Swifts” at Abbeyleix Library. The book is a joint publication of BirdWatch Ireland and the Local Authority Heritage Officer Network”. Picture: Alf Harvey, no reproduction fee supplied from Laois Heritage Office. Local Authority Heritage Officers team up with BirdWatch Ireland to Save Swifts. - A new book to help communities save their swifts has been launched by BirdWatch Ireland and local authority Heritage Officers nationwide. Swifts are an iconic summer visitor to Ireland, arriving in early May following a long migration from southern Africa. Slightly larger than a swallow they are a ‘site faithful’ bird, returning generation after generation… .... Read More
Notice of Intention (Road Closures) – Heartlands Rally - SECTION 75, ROADS ACT 1993 (Road Regulations 1994) NOTICE OF INTENTION 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 following roads in the vicinity of Ballyroan, Wolfhill, Luggacurren &… .... Read More
Of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following locationRoad: N80 Mountmellick Rd PortlaoiseN80 closed to Northbound traffic only - Of the intention & decision to close the following road at the following location Road: N80 Mountmellick Rd Portlaoise N80 closed to Northbound traffic only ON and/or BETWEEN the following dates & times From 8am - 20th May to 7pm - 15th of July For the purposes of THMGroup, on behalf of Laois County Council… .... Read More
- Winners of “Design a Logo Competition for 5th & 6th Class Primary School Students” in Laois   The Community Section in Laois County Council are developing a logo for their Department.  To assist with the development of their new logo they invited 5th and 6th class students from the primary schools in Laois to enter… .... Read More
Free phone number for use in connection with Ballot Paper Templates - Ballot paper templates will be available to vision impaired voters at the 2019 Local Elections. A ballot paper template is a transparent plastic device that is placed on top of a ballot paper and has a number of features to facilitate the marking of a ballot paper in secret by a vision impaired voter. Raised… .... Read More
Local Elections 2019 Notice of Poll - Please follow the links below for the Notice of Poll for your Local Electoral Area:   Borris In Ossory Mountmellick Portlaoise Graiguecullen-Portarlington Should you have any further queries on the above, please contact Corporate Affairs at localelections2019@laoiscoco.ie   For further information on the Local Elections 2019, click here.   .... Read More
CHANGE OF VENUE FOR POLLING STATIONS - European Parliament, Local Elections and Referendum   Friday 24TH May 2019 – Polling Day   MOUNTMELLICK Electors who previously voted at the Macra Na Feirme Hall in Mountmellick, should note they will vote at the Community Centre, Wolfe Tone Court, Mountmellick, and electors who previously voted at the Owenass Hall in Mountmellick, should note they… .... Read More
‘Realising our Rural Potential’ with Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 - Great opportunity for any communities who may have a project in mind to develop/improve their area.   The Town & Village Renewal Scheme funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development,is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.  The scheme is specifically targeted at… .... Read More
Japanese Knotweed - Japanese Knotweed and other non native invasive species are becoming an ever more increasing problem in Ireland. It has been reported that invasive species cost the Irish economy over €200 million annually and this figure is likely to rise into the future with both increasing awareness and efforts to prevent their spread. Japanese Knotweed is… .... Read More
Community Enhancement Programme 2019 - What’s it all about? Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, today announced the launch of the 2019 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) The Community Enhancement Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development to provide funding towards enhancing the facilities available to communities. The Programme has a focus on supporting… .... Read More
Green Dog Walker Programme - If you see someone with the Green Dogwalkers hi vis vest, it means that they have taken the pledge to always clean up after their dog. The Green Dog Walkers is a non confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling. If you would like to take the pledge and receive your hi vis… .... Read More
Are you Registered to vote? - You can check the register at www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote and check that your details are correct.   Please note: The closing date for the Supplement to the Register of Electors is Tuesday 7th May 2019. The closing date for the Supplement to the Postal Voters and Special Voters Lists is… .... Read More
Notice of Election – Laois County Council - An election of members for each of the local electoral areas of the above-mentioned local authority is about to be held. Nomination papers may be obtained from the address below during the usual office hours. A person may nominate himself/herself as a candidate or may, with his/her consent, be nominated by a proposer who is… .... Read More
Use of Disabled Parking Spaces - Use of Disabled Parking Spaces It is an offence to park in a designated Disabled Bay without displaying a valid Disabled Parking Permit.   Where illegal parking in a disabled person’s bay is detected, a member of An Garda Siochána or a Traffic Warden employed by a the local authority can issue a Fixed Charge… .... Read More
Laois Bealtaine Festival Programme - A Huge number of events are happening in Laois for the Bealtaine Festival  don't miss the opportunity to take part this year Come and join in the celebrations! For the month of May the Arts Office, Laois County Council invite people of an older age to join in some of the wonderful events that are… .... Read More
Annual Reporting Requirements – Political Donations by Third Parties - A third party that receives a monetary donation in excess of €100 is required to register with their local authority, to open a political donations account and to submit a statement from a financial institution with a certificate and statutory declaration to their local authority no later than 31st March each year. A copy of… .... Read More
Open Call Panel of facilitators for Arts and Culture Programme - Open Call | Panel of Facilitators for Arts and Culture Programme Laois County Council Arts Service is seeking to create a panel of Creative facilitators to support the delivery of our creative arts programme 2019/2020.  Open to artists, creative practitioners and teachers with a deep understanding of creativity and its potential to transform the lives… .... Read More
Laois Creative Ireland Grant Scheme 2019 - Laois County Council wishes to announce a grant scheme as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2019.  The scheme will provide financial support to local and community groups, artistic and creative practitioners, event organisers and those involved in creative activities and projects, to encourage cultural participation throughout Laois. The level of grant assistance for any… .... Read More
Experienced Individuals Required: Creative Ireland Programme - Invitation to Tender for Laois Creative Ireland Programme 2019 Laois County Council invites tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to project manage the 2019 Creative Ireland Programme. The Creative Ireland Programme is a five year all-of-Government initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy. It is guided by a vision that every… .... Read More
Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) - Public Notice 191503_Notification Letter TWGs Proposed material amendments draft RSES   The documents may also be inspected online at www.emra.ie Submissions or observations on the proposed material amendments only as set out in this report or the associated environmental report will be received between 15thMarch 2019 and 12th April 2019 (both dates inclusive) through one of the… .... Read More
Estate Management-New for 2019 - Please click the links below for information on Estate Management Initiative Grants for all Laois County Council Housing Estates Great News for 2019 Criteria 2019 Grant Application Form 2019 Painting Programme Best Floral Display .... Read More
National Community Day - Get your Community involved, May Bank Holiday 4 – 6 May 2019 What’s it all about? Last September, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring, TD, announced the launch of a National Community Day which is due to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, 2019.  Laois… .... Read More
Constituencies for the European Parliament elections 2019 – consequential revisions to the Laois Register of Electors pursuant to section 18 of the Electoral Acts 1992 - Section 15 (3) of the Electoral Act 1992 provides that a registration authority must publish details of any corrections to the Register within the period specified for same, i.e. from 1st to 15th February and that such corrections will be deemed to form part of the Register of Electors and any supplement prepared in relation… .... Read More
Road Closure – Main Street, Portlaoise - 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 gives notice of its decision to temporarily close Main Street, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Works are scheduled to take place from Monday, 18th February… .... Read More