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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick. ‘I want to fix you,’ say those Laois eyes. ‘I want to put splints on your limbs and give you lovely drugs and wrap you in a fluffy blue blanket.’

If you type “Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick” into Google image search you will be inundated by photos of the eponymous fur-physician cradling dogs and cats(...)

In the first three months of the year planning permissions were granted for 7,493 homes, down from 7,766 a year earlier. Photograph: iStock

Planning permission for apartments shot up by almost 33 per cent in the first quarter, although a significant fall in permissions for houses caused th(...)

Missing man William Delaney. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a man in Co Laois in January. Gardaí sai(...)

“Jack would not move for anybody until he saw Pat was in the ambulance.” Photograph: An Garda Síochána

A rescue dog has become an internet sensation after alerting gardaí to where his owner had fallen into a ditch. Pat Brennan alerted gardaí on his mo(...)

Michelle O’Brien pictured with her children Tommy, Jamie and Joey at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Child homelessness in the midlands more than tripled in two years, while the cost of providing emergency accommodation in the region is on course to e(...)

The Commercial Inn, Rathdowney, Co Laois. Most locals said they were not opposed to the accommodation centre but would have appreciated some advance notice.  Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

On the road leading into Rathdowney, just before the Co Laois town’s large market square, sits a whitewashed building with a bright red door called th(...)

Cannabis seized by Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre. Photograph: Revenue

Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre, Co Laois, seized cannabis with an estimated street value of €120,000, which was concealed in a wooden orna(...)

The remains are carried from St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise after the funerals of father and son, Vincent and Sully (5) Rossi. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

A five-year-old-boy killed alongside his father in a car crash last week was described in his final school report read aloud during his funeral as car(...)

A view of a new exhibition at Emo Court, Co Laois

Head to Emo Court in Co Laois for an exquisite exhibition of contemporary artwork on display throughout the neo-classical mansion designed by James Ga(...)

 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

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