Laois TD, Charlie Flanagan, has provided an update on the planned refurbishment of Portlaoise Garda station.
The refurbishment of the station is included in the Garda Capital Investment Programme 2016-2021.
The project involves an upgrade and refurbishment of the present Garda station and custody suite along with the provision of additional accommodation for An Garda Siochana on the adjacent state property.
The Planning Permission for the renovation was sought in December, 2020 and they are currently awaiting a decision within the Office of Public Works.
The construction work will be treated as a priority owing to the critical importance and strategic nature of the new and enhanced Garda Divisional Headquarters in Portlaoise.
The Fine Gael TD says that he hopes works can begin before the end of the year.
Mr Flanagan said: “This matter has been ongoing for some time.
“I am keen that work commences before the end of this year.”