Latest Laois News: Public Meeting to discuss future of Portlaoise Town Centre

Latest Laois News: Public Meeting to discuss future of Portlaoise Town Centre

Portlaoise Town Centre up for Discussion at Public Meeting

Town Centres should not fall victim to development on the outskirts, according to the Green Party.

Its ‘Town Centres First’ strategy will be discussed at a public Zoom meeting, entitled Revitalising Portlaoise on 25 March. The meeting will be addressed by Minister Pippa Hackett, Cllr Louise Heavin of Athlone, and local Green Party representative Sean McManus.

Minister Hackett will address this meeting 📷 Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2020

“We pushed for a Town Centres First strategy in the Programme for Government and we’d like to talk about how that strategy might apply to Portlaoise,” says Minister Hackett. “I’m also looking forward to hearing from Portlaoise residents on how they envisage the future of the town”

Architect and Green Party councillor for Athlone Louise Heavin is one of the proponents of the strategy.

“In the context of climate change, revitalizing our towns is a key part of sustainable development,” she says. “It’s better for the health and wellbeing of our communities, small businesses and regional economies. We also have a wealth of heritage in our town centres which is worth protecting and enhancing for future generations.”

Athlone Councillor Louise Heavin will address the meeting

Portlaoise is on its way to becoming a low-carbon town and is receiving considerable funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, most recently a €9million grant. It follows on from the €2.34m funding for the Cultural Quarter.

“Portlaoise is well-positioned to develop for the way we will live in the future, but we need to ensure we are attracting remote workers to come and live here,” says Sean McManus, the Green Party’s local representative in Portlaoise. “I’m looking forward to a good discussion on the future of our town and I would encourage everyone to come along to the Revitalising Portlaoise meeting.”

Local Green Party representative Sean McManus will also address the meeting

The meeting takes place online at 7.30pm on Thursday, 25 March 2021. You can register to attend here: