Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has welcomed a planning permission application which will see a Laois nursing home upgraded substantially.
The HSE has sought permission to build a new 50 bed nursing unit, at St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit in Mountmellick.
This is Phase 1, according to Minister Flanagan, and he says the project will be completed in three phases.
In the end, it will result in 110 new beds and the refurbishment of another 20 beds.
Currently, St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit has around 80 beds in operation.
Minister Flanagan said: “I welcome confirmation that planning permission has been lodged with Laois County Council for phase 1 of the main development for St Vincent’s Community Nursing Home.
“The HSE has confirmed that the project is to be delivered in three phases , Phase 1 – 50 bed new build, Phase 2 – 60 bed new build, Phase 3 – 20 bed refurb.
“St Vincent’s Community Nursing Unit is a wonderful facility and I am anxious that construction work commences as soon as possible.
“I want to pay tribute to all staff in this facility, and indeed all front line workers around the county, who are working tirelessly in very trying and difficult conditions due to the challenges presented by the current Covid-19 situation.”