The Local Government Act 2001 as amended confers powers on a local authority to confer a civic honour on a distinguished person in such manner as it may determine.
Part 2 of Schedule 14A of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides for reserved functions which may be performed in respect of a Municipal District or the Local Authority. This includes the decision of a local authority to confer a civic honour.
Laois County Council, at its meeting held on 15th December, 2015 adopted revised Protocols with regard to the conferral of Civic Honours. A copy of these Protocols can be viewed by clicking the following link: Protocol for Civic Honours Laois County Council