Port's Faithful Rose

“Thankfully the River Barrow divides us (from Laois) and I'm an Offaly woman out and out. I live inside the border and my brothers would kill me if I ever said otherwise”.

Portarlington's Abu Dhabi Rose Dearbhladh Walsh on stage at the Rose of Tralee

blown away

“It appears to set an extraordinary precedent where anybody can connect a wind turbine where these is a 20KV overhead line on their property.”

Cllr Padraig Fleming, objecting to plans for a wind turbine in Timahoe.

Bus pass cuts

“They are hardworking people paying income tax, property tax and road tax and mortgages and they can't get a bus ticket to educated their children”.

Cllr Tom Mulhall onthe situation facing parents and students refused school bus tickets

Laois Rose upset

“It was very difficult, it was just handled very badly. I was really upset. On top of being told we were not through, we had cameras in our faces, and people shouting orders at us.”

Kate Hyland on the televised Rose of Tralee elimination

rural crime in Laois

“What we need is smarter and more strategic policing”.

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed speaking about rural crime during a visit to Portlaoise last Wednesday