Working with the Community



Laois County Council in partnership with Laois Public Participation Network celebrated the 12th Anniversary of the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards

The Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, Cllr. Conor Bergin, launched the 2021 Laois Community & Voluntary Awards.

The purpose of the awards was to acknowledge groups and individuals who, through their commitment to voluntary and community activities, have played a significant role in enhancing the quality of life in their communities.

2021 marked the introduction of a new awards category, Volunteer Laois – COVID19 Community Response Award.  Laois Volunteer Centre wishes to recognize local groups, organisations and clubs which have worked voluntarily with people in their community and/or county during the pandemic to provide essential services to those in need of assistance.”


Groups were nominated in the following categories, click on the links to watch each video and see who the winners are:


Art, Culture and Heritage Award

Healthy and Active Community Award

Children and Youth Award

Environment Award

Social Inclusion Award

Age Friendly Award

Covid 19 Community Response Award

Unsung Hero Award

We would like to thank all our nominees, Judges and nominators. We are already looking forward to seeing you all again for the 2022 Awards.


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IPB Pride of Place 2022








Abbeyleix Tidy Towns Winners at the 2021 IPB Insurance Pride of Place Awards



Abbeyleix Tidy Towns were announced as winners of their category at the IPB Pride of Place awards recently in the INEC, Killarney. The award was received by Mary White, Betty Whelan and Councillor John Joe Fennelly.


Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Community Sector’ the Pride of Place awards are an annual competition organised by Co-operation Ireland and sponsored by IPB Insurance. It promotes and celebrates the best in community development and recognises the selfless efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.


The judges said that this is one of the finest examples in the island of Ireland, of community development enhancing the everyday lives of the local population and visitors alike.  Their bog conservation project, the jewel in the crown, has gained international accolade – it is one of many outstanding initiatives.


Abbeyleix Tidy Towns Committee was established in 1959 in an effort to galvanise the community to work together to ensure Abbeyleix was not only a great place in which to live, but to work in and visit. Over the years the Committee grew and forged alliances with Laois County Council, local schools and community groups, building a momentum that is evident today by the achievements of the group. Charged with creating a community that continues to be an attractive place to live, work and visit the focus is now on place-making and on re-imagining a beautiful heritage town as a smart and sustainable community. There is an inclusive ethos and determination to engage the wider community in the work. The Committee collaborates freely with external groups and institutions and maintains a very positive working relationship with a range of public bodies and agencies, not least the Local Authority. It promotes a ‘support local’ ethos and is currently working on significant flagship biodiversity and climate action projects.



The Gala Awards Ceremony was attended by Director of Services of Laois County Council Donal Brennan; the Cathaoirleach was represented on the night by Cllr. John Joe Fennelly; Carmel McNicholl SEO Laois County Council, Pamela Tynan, AO Laois County Council and representatives from Abbeyleix Tidy Towns.

Laois Public Participation Network (PPN)

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‌What is a PPN?

The PPN or Public Participation Network is a new framework for public engagement and participation and is currently being established within Co. Laois.

The PPN will be the main link through which the Local Authority connects with community, social inclusion and environmental sectors.

Why do we need a PPN?

The PPN gives you a voice!!

The aim of a PPN Structure is to facilitate and enable public organisations operating within the wider community to give voice to a diverse range of views, issues and interests within the local government system.
The PPN will:

  • Facilitate the participation by the public and representation of communities in a fair, equitable and transparent manner through the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors on decision making bodies.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary groups to contribute positively to the community that they live/participate in.
  • Provide information to the environmental, social inclusion and community/voluntary sectors and will act as a hub around which information can be received and distributed.

Why should my group/organisation register and join the PPN?

There are a number of reasons why your group should be a part of the PPN:

  1. Networking, sharing information, learning from other groups in your local area or your particular field / sector.
  2. Create a sense of solidarity and collective action across the county.
  3. Elect representatives to policy and decision making boards and committees.
  4. Avail of low cost or free training in the county.
  5. Get information on funding, grants and initiatives that are of interest to your group.


If your group wishes to avail of any future local government funding opportunities, you must now be registered with the PPN in your county!


To register please visit and register online or download the following registration form Laois PPN Registration Form 2017 NEW and post to Dan Bergin, Laois PPN Coordinator at the address below.

For further information please contact us at
Laois Public Participation Network
JFL Avenue
Lyster Square
Co. Laois

057 8665661

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Joint Policing Committee

The function of a Joint Policing Committee is to serve as a forum for consultations, discussions and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the local authority’s administrative area.


Comhairle Chontae Laois

Laois County Council

Draft Laois County Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan

In accordance with Section 36 of An Garda Siochána Act 2005 and associated Guidelines (amended August 2014), Laois County Council proposes to make the Draft Laois County Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan available for public consultation.


A copy of the Draft Laois County Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan is available to view, for a period of six weeks from 24th May 2022 until 5th July 2022, on the Council’s website . A hard copy is available free of charge from the Community Section, Áras an Chontae, James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, by contacting 057-8664000 or emailing

You can make an observation or submission via the following options only;

  • Online by registering on where you can then make a submission on the Draft Laois County Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan or
  • Via email to; or
  • In writing marked Draft JPC Strategic Plan” to the Administrative Officer, Community Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Submissions or observations with respect to the Draft Laois County Joint Policing Committee Strategic Plan are to be received no later than 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday 5th July, 2022.


Carmel McNicholl,
Senior Executive Officer,
Laois County Council,
Áras an Chontae


Co. Laois.


Tel:- 057 86 64000


Winter Burglary Prevention Advice

Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won’t bother. A good rule of thumb is the 3 minute delay test. If you can deny entry for 3 minutes or more – chances are the burglars will go elsewhere. Complete this simple home security survey to determine how well your home is secured against burglary. Ignore questions not relevant to your own home.  Checklist-Challenge


Criminal Assets Bureau

Working with communities to take away the proceeds of crime.

CAB Brochure OutsideInside


Annual Report of County Laois Joint Policing Committee 2016

As set out in Section 36 of the An Garda Siochana Act 2005 (Revised Joint Policing Guidelines August 2014), the purpose of a Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where the local authority and the senior Garda officers responsible for the policing of the area, with the participation of Oireachtas members and community interests, can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the area.

Committee Laois County Joint Policing Committee (JPC) comprises a membership of 26:

  • Local Elected Representatives (13)
  • Oireachtas members (4)
  • Local Authority Chief Executive (1)
  • Senior Garda Officers (2)
  • Community Representatives (6)

JPC Meetings 2021


Agenda 13th April 2021.pdf


Agenda-21st June 2021.pdf

JPC Minutes 20th September 2021

Agenda 20th September 2021

JPC Meetings 2020

Agenda 21 September 2020

Minutes of Meeting 21 September 2020

Agenda 6 July 2020

Minutes of Meeting 6 July 2020

JPC Meetings 2019

Agenda – Public Meeting 18 November 2019

JPC Minutes of meeting 18 November 2019


Minutes of JPC 4 March 2019

Minutes of Meeting of 25 Sept 2019 for the Election of Chair

Agenda – 14 October 2019

Minutes of JPC Meeting 14 Oct 2019

JPC Meetings 2018

Agenda for JPC Public Meeting 19 November 2018

JPC Minutes 19 November 2018

Agenda – 10 September 2018

Minutes of Meeting 10 September 2018

Agenda – 16 July 2018

JPC Minutes 16 July 2018

Agenda 9 April 2018

Minutes of Meeting of JPC 9 April 2018

JPC Meetings 2017

2017 JPC Agendas

2017 JPC Minutes of Meetings

Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2016

Mins of JPC Meeting 7 March 2016

Minutes of JPC 20 June 2016

Minutes of JPC Meeting 19 September 2016

Agenda for JPC 7th March 2016

Agenda for JPC 20th June 2016

JPC Agenda 19 September 2016

Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2015

Minutes of Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2015

Minutes of Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2015

Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2014

Joint Policing Committee Meeting March 2014 – Agenda

Minutes of Joint Policing Committee Meeting 2014

Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2013

Minutes of County Laois Joint Policing Committee Meeting 2013

JPC Agendas 2013

Joint Policing Committee Meetings 2012

Minutes of Joint Policing Committee Meeting 2012


Map of An Garda Síochána Divisions

Useful Links

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Community Projects Fund

Community Projects (Elected Members) Fund 2020

The Community Projects (Elected Members) Fund 2020 has been launched and the closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 3rd April 2020

Type of Project that will qualify:

Any project will be considered, provided it is of benefit to the local community. Projects designed to improve and protect amenities or facilities for the community, or projects that encourage accessibility to the community or promote sustainability for example:

  • Sports Clubs—i.e. jerseys, pitch or dressing facilities development
  • Community composting schemes, recycling promotions, etc.
  • Development Associations i.e. Community halls, painting, redevelopment
  • Community anti-litter projects
  • ICA Groups, Active Retirement or Youth Groups, Social Inclusion Groups i.e. workshops, classes.

The Community Project Fund gives Laois County Council an opportunity to support the many varied and diverse projects throughout Laois, acknowledging the voluntary efforts made within our community, also assisting those groups that wouldn’t ordinarily be supported by major national/international structures, to achieve at a high level both locally, nationally and internationally.

Applicant groups will be supported by an elected member of Laois County Council, giving weight to the group’s constant efforts for their local community and beyond.




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