Portlaoise benefits from the provision of fibre broadband, with a number of fibre cabinets located within the town and providing reliable broadband speeds. The town will also benefit from further improvements in broadband speeds, as part of Eir’s rollout of improved broadband services throughout the country.
Portlaoise is designated as the ‘Principal Town’ in Laois, within both the Laois County Development Plan 2017 – 2023 and the Regional Planning Guidelines for the Midland Region 2010 – 2022. Portlaoise is the largest urban centre in the Midlands and functions as an economic driver, with distinct local economies and strong links to the adjacent regions. Portlaoise is the focus of residential, commercial and employment development in County Laois.
Portlaoise provides a number of strategic employment opportunity sites, in particular Togher National Enterprise Park, which consists a 101ha (250 acre) land bank south of Portlaoise with access from Junction 17 on the M7 Motorway.
Portlaoise is provided with zonings for the provision of additional Residential, Commercial, Enterprise & Employment, Industrial, Community-Educational-Institutional and other sustainable development in the future. The Laois County Development Plan 2012 – 2018 zones lands for development in Portlaoise as follows:
“Portlaoise is a good place to do business owing in no small way to the loyalty of its inhabitants in extending their staunch support to local business and enterprise in general.The excellent central location and proximity of the town to several motorway locations is a distinct advantage and this combined with access to a young and well educated, motivated workforce is a distinct advantage when operating a business here.”
Ladonna McCarton, Owner, Nook & Cranny,