Fianna Fáil TD for Laois, Seán Fleming, says he has received assurances from the Courts Service that they signed a contract to purchase a two-acre site on the new ring road in Portlaoise for a new courthouse.
Deputy Fleming was Chairing the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and questioned officials from the Courts Service in relation to the new courthouse.
Deputy Fleming said: “This is great news for Portlaoise.
“The Courts Service also told me that the Office of Public Works (OPW) have already prepared a detailed design for the new courthouse and this could go in for planning permission in the immediate future if funding is made available.
“I am therefore calling on the Minister for Justice to move on this important project and ensure funding is provided immediately so that it can proceed.
“I am also pleased that the Courts Service will be leaving the old courthouse, which is a beautiful building, in situ on the Main Street, and it will be handed back to Laois County Council for the benefit of the people of Laois.
“It’s a lovely building and it will be very beneficial to bring it back into public use so all the people of Laois can enjoy it,” concluded Deputy Fleming.