Betting Tax Hike Will Cause 231 Job Losses In Midlands

The Government’s proposal to hike Betting Tax by 100pc will cost 231 jobs in the Midlands, according to an analysis by the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA). Based on its engagement with members since Budget 2019 was announced last Tuesday, the IBA estimates that 16 bookmakers shops will close permanently in Kildare, four will close in […]

€750,000 Funding For Start-Ups In Enterprise Ireland’s Final Competitive Start Fund Of 2018

Enterprise Ireland today launched its final Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of 2018. The competition is worth up to €750,000 in funding for start-ups and will open for applications on Tuesday, 18th September and close on Tuesday, 2nd October. The Fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 15 successful applicants and is open to innovative start-ups […]

Tulsa Launches National Child And Family Support Week In Laois and Offaly

Tusla-Child and Family Agency has launched its first ever national promotional drive to highlight the range of services it provides as part of its Prevention, Partnership and Family Support(PPFS) programme. Tusla National Child and Family Support Week will feature special public events across Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly and will be backed up by a […]

Laois Dealer Launches New Amazone Catros Compact Disc Harrow

Abbeyleix farm machinery dealer E.C. Pratt – authorised representative for the Farmhand range of equipment – has announced the arrival into its showroom of the all-new Amazone Catros 3003 compact disc harrow.   Selling at a price EUR2,500 below the existing Catros 3001 – the new 3003 is designed for shallow and intensively mixing soil tillage and […]

Laois and Offaly See Worrying Fall In Uptake Of Life-Saving Cancer Vaccine

The dramatic fall in the uptake of a cancer-preventing vaccine requires urgent action for it to be addressed, the newly-formed HPV Vaccination Alliance has said. The Laois/Offaly region has seen a steep drop in uptake of the HPV vaccine, which protects against the strains of Human Papilloma Virus which cause seven in ten cases of […]

New Cottage Market for Offaly

20 Cottage Markets are set to open in towns across the country this year as a result of the ‘Cottage Market’ initiative unveiled by GIY and supported by Ulster Bank and The Ireland Funds.   Last month community groups from across the country were invited to apply to the initiative for funding in order to […]

Macra na Feirme Delegation Visits The European Parliament

Independent MEP Marian Harkin met with a delegation from Macra na Feirme who came and visited the European Parliament for a discussion with MEPs on current problems facing young farmers.

Irish President Receives Pupils From Timahoe National School

On Monday May 9th President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, welcomed pupils from Timahoe National School in Co. Laois who were the overall winners of the Intel Mini Scientist Competition in both 2015 and in 2016. In welcoming the pupils to Áras an Uachtaráin, President Higgins paid tribute to the school and its teachers for […]

Birr & District Motor Club make €45,903.53 for Laois Alzheimer’s Society

This year saw the Birr & District Motor Club run its annual Car Rally in Co Laois. The Rally which was held on the 27th February was based in the splendid surroundings of the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.   The Route took in Stages in the Rathdowney & Ballacolla Areas with Servicing taking place in the Retail […]

Laois Offaly General Election Results

Electorate 106,312; Turnout 70.7%; Spoiled Votes 979; Quota 12,373; Seats 5. Elected – 1. Charles Flanagan (FG)  2. Marcella Corcoran Kennedy (FG) 3. Barry Cowan(FF)  4. Brian Stanley (SF) 5. Sean Fleming (FF) ——————————- Click here to see graph of how the votes and transfers went Eliminations – 1st Count Michael Cox, John Boland; 2nd […]

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