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1) What are the different Municipal Districts?

2) When do the Municipal District meetings take place?

3) When will the next County Council be elected?

4) How is an individual co-opted to the County Council?

5) When does the County Council meet?

6) Who deals with complaints?

7) Can members of the public attend County Council meetings ?

8) Who is my local Councillor?

9) How many motions are Councillors allowed to submit for Council and Municipal District Meetings?

10) What Department deals with Councillor Travel?

11) How many elected members are there on Laois County Council?

12) How often is the Cathaoirleach elected?

13) Who is the current Cathaoirleach?

14) What is contained in the Public Register?

15) How do I request a meeting with the Chief Executive?

16) What are the opening hours in Motor Tax?

17) What is the telephone number for Motor Tax?

18) What are the opening hours for the Planning Counter?

19) What is an SPC?

20) Who is the current Chief Executive?

21) How do I find County Hall?


1) What are the different Municipal Districts?

We have three Municipal Districts – Borris in Ossory Mountmellick, Graiguecullen Portarlington and Portlaoise. More information on Municipal Districts is available in the About the Council section of this website.

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2) When do the Municipal District meetings take place?

The Municipal Districts meet on a monthly basis. 

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3) When will the next County Council be elected?

County council elections are held every five years. The most recent election was held on 23rd May 2014, and the next election will be in 2019. Casual vacancies occurring during the life of the Council are filled by co-option.

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4) How is an individual co-opted to the County Council?

Co-option means that when an elected Councillor has to stand down for any reason that his/her party nominates a replacement Councillor – not the general public.

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5) When does the County Council meet?

The County Council meets on the last Monday of each month, unless this is a public holiday in which case the meeting takes place on the previous Monday. There is no meeting in the month of August.

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6) Who deals with complaints?

Complaints can either be made directly to the Department responsible for the service or can be made to the Designated Contact Person. A complaint can also be made to the Office of the Ombudsman at any stage. Please see Laois County Council’s Customer Charter and Complaints Procedure.

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7) Can members of the public attend County Council meetings?

Members of the public may attend County Council meetings and meetings of the Municipal Distrticts.

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8) Who is my local Councillor?

Member details are available here. Representation depends on where a person lives within the County.

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9) How many motions are Councillors allowed to submit for Council and Municipal District Meetings?

Members can submit no more than three motions (including adjourned motions).                                                          Back To Top


10) What Department deals with Councillor Travel?

Travel to conferences and monthly payment for travel and subsistence to and from meetings is dealt with in the Corporate Affairs Department.

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11) How many elected members are there on Laois County Council?

There are 19 elected members.

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12) How often is the Cathaoirleach elected?

The Cathaoirleach is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Council, which is held in June, by his/her fellow members. The term of office is one year.

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13) Who is the current Cathaoirleach?

The current Cathaoirleach of Laois is Fine Gael Councillor Tom Mulhall.

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14) What is contained in the Public Registers?

Members salaries, payments i.e. conferences and their monthly expenses. A list of conferences attended during the year and who attended each conference. Details of meetings attended during the year.

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15) How do I request a meeting with the Chief Executive?

You can request a meeting with the Chief Executive by emailing manager@laoiscoco.ie or phone (057) 8664000

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16) What are the opening hours in Motor Tax?

9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. (open through lunch) Monday to Friday

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17) What is the telephone number for Motor Tax?

Telephone number is 057 8664009
Fax number is 057 8674381

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18) What are the opening hours for the Planning Counter?

9.30 a.m to 4.00 p.m.  (open through lunch) Monday to Friday.

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19) What is an SPC?

SPC stands for Strategic Policy Committee. There are four SPC’s in Laois – Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning; Transportation, Environment and Emergency Services; Housing; Community, Social, Culture and Heritage. Each SPC is made up of members of Laois County Council and representatives from the sectoral groups. More information on SPC’s are available here.

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20) Who is the current Chief Executive?

The current Chief Executive is Mr. John Mulholland

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21) How do I find County Hall?

County Hall is situated on JFL Avenue adjacent to Abbeyleix Road roundabout.

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