About Us

LAOIS Partnership Company is the Local Development Company for County Laois. A State and EU funded organisation, it delivers a range of programmes and supports to people, communities and businesses in the county. These programmes aim to make Laois a better place to live in by enhancing community life, combating disadvantage and social exclusion and supporting enterprise development.

Initiatives include: The Rural Development Programme (LEADER); Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), DEASP funded Job Club; Community Employment Scheme; Tus Programme; Rural Social Scheme; Services to the Elderly Programme(LSTEP); National Childcare Schemes; Back to Education initiative.

The Company’s catchment area is the whole of Laois, and it also delivers the Walks Scheme for Laois & Offaly.

Anne Goodwin

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of our CEO Anne Goodwin. Anne passed away peacefully at home Friday 19th June in the loving care of her much loved family. Anne was a wonderful colleague, leader and mentor and we will miss her in the weeks and years to come. Her work in Laois through LEADER is a legacy that will remain for decades. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family, friends and colleagues. May she rest in peace. On behalf of the Board and staff of Laois Partnership Company, Peter O’Neill, Chairman.

Anne Goodwin

Catherine Cowap  Catherine Cowap 

  Acting CEO


Catherine is Acting CEO & Social Inclusion Manager.

Peter Maher

Rural Recreation Officer

Tel 0578661900 

Peter manages the engagement with private landowners whom make up the Walks scheme on both the Offaly Way  and the Slieve Bloom way. Also participates in a number of integrated tasks that cover the development and maintenance of physical trails-, advising maintenance crews; to administration and financial reporting elements and include project planning, stakeholder networking.

Sylvia Rouget  Sylvia Rouget

  Community Development & Youth Officer

  Tel 057 8682783

Sylvia is Community Development & Youth Officer working with residents, groups and individuals who wish to improve their lives and address any issues they might face.

Michelle Touhy  Michelle Touhy

  Employment & Training Officer

  Tel 087 3107777


Michelle provides one-to-one supports for unemployed people who are interested in employment. Support is given through an individual tailored mentoring programme by providing access to education, training and employment.  

Karen Bambrick  Karen Bambrick

Enterprise & Employment Advisor

Tel 087 7385965

Karen provides one-to-one supports to unemployed people who are interested in becoming self-employed. We offer advice & guidance on all aspects of setting up or developing a business, including applying for Back to Work Allowance (BTWEA & STEA), applying for grant aid, registering with revenue, completing business plans & projected financials.  We process Microfinance Ireland (MFI) applications for loans of up to €5K.We also provide a suite of enterprise workshops covering marketing, finance, and book-keeping.

Jenny Collier

Project Development Officer

Tel 087 9810499

Jenny is a Project Officer for the LEADER Rural Development Programme. If you are thinking of setting up a business, expanding an existing business or a community development group you can contact Jenny for details of eligibility for LEADER grants..


Willie Marum  William Marum

  Manager of Laois Services to Elderly People (LSTEP)

  Tel 057 8682779 stepp@laoispartnership.ie

Laois Services to Elderly People (LSTEP) Est 2008  provide a subsidised service for the older person, by maintaining gardens, undertaking internal and external painting of homes, also general maintenance work, LSTEP is registered with POBAL to facilitates grant applications for Personal Alarms for the over 65 age group.  These services are provided to enhance and support independent living for older people in Laois, by offering Safety, Security & Comfort in the homes of the Older Person.

  Therese Ryan

  Childcare Manager


Therese is the Childcare Manager for Laois Partnership Company who manages a pre-school and three afterschool programmes, based in three community  facilities in Portlaoise.  Each facility has a co-ordinator and assistant co-ordinator.  As Childcare Manager, Therese oversees and co-ordinates the efficient operation of these services to the highest standards in line with Tusla and Department of Children and Youth requirements.

Liam Dunne  Liam Dunne

  Tus Co-Ordinating Supervisor

  Tel 087 9600434

Liam is Tus Co-Ordinating Supervisor working alongside five other Tus Supervisors to deliver the Tús programme throughout County Laois.

  Eimear Kelly

  Training & Employment Officer

  Tel 087 2230710

Eimear Kelly is the Training and Employment Officer with SICAP.  Her role entails assisting and supporting unemployed people to access suitable training opportunities to improve employment prospects. Under the BTEI initiative Eimear offers certified training in the following areas: Computer Training, Retail Skills, Healthcare, Horticulture, Building Skills, Catering Skills and HACCP training.

John Finlay 2  John Finlay

  Supervisor of Rural Social Scheme

  Tel 086 8160666

John is Rural Social Scheme (RSS) Supervisor, which is an income support scheme to low income farmers and provides certain services of benefit to rural communities throughout County Laois

Mary Keane

Community development worker

Contact  marykeane@laoispartnership.ie

Telephone 087 3331809

Working with Men’s sheds in Laois and supporting community development programmes and resident’s groups in Laois.

Job Club Logo  Contact: Miriam or Lisa

  Phone: 057 8663241


 The job club provides a four week programme which covers job seeking skills, practical career advice, support and guidance, one to one coaching, CV Preparation, Confidence building, Interview Preparation, Assessment, Aptitude, & Psychometric Testing  

Board Members

Peter O’Neill (Chair), Teresa McEvoy (Vice Chair), Ann Marie Maher (Treasurer), Pat Culleton, Michael Cobbe, Mary Delaney, Josephine Sutton, Paul Lynch, Noel Gavigan, Trevor Stanley, John Fitzpatrick, Padraig Fleming, Tom Mulhall, Declan Kirrane and Laurence Phelan.


Local Communities

Laois Partnership work to develop communities across Laois

Local Business

Laois Partnership are actively involved in the creation and promotion of the business community in Laois

Local People

Laois Partnership make a real impact to the lives of marginalised people in our county.

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