A number of key projects in Laois have been listed the in new National Development Plan, published by the Government today, say Laois TDs Sean Fleming and Charlie Flanagan.
Some specific items listed include the New Divisional Garda Headquarters for Laois, Offaly and Kildare which is to be built in Portlaoise.
Also listed is a new Courthouse for Portlaoise. While completing upgrade works at Portlaoise Prison which is the only high security prison in the State is also listed.
Minister Fleming said: “The development of Portlaoise is essential for the county and this can only happen if there is adequate supply of treated water for housing, industrial and employment related activities.
“Portlaoise is listed as a key water supply project for the Eastern and Midlands Region.
“In addition to all of the above specific issues, substantial funding has been made available for new and improved school infrastructure and many local well known key priorities will come in under this heading.
“There is also massive investment provided for Health Services which will result in significant improvements in Laois.”
Minister Fleming says that work will continue to make Portlaoise move towards being a low carbon town.
He said: “The essential point of the National Development Plan is that funding is now being prioritised for investment up to 2030.
“Finally, I would call on all State Bodies – Laois County Council , the HSE , An Garda Siochana, The Court Services, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Irish Rail, Bus Eireann, The Department of Education, The Office of Public Works (regarding flood relief works) and Irish Water to immediately prioritise projects in Laois.
“This is so that applications can be submitted and approved for funding as early as possible.”
While Fine Gael’s Charlie Flanagan said: “I am delighted that the new Garda Divisional Headquarters at Portlaoise is a priority under the multimillion National Development Pan.
“I was pleased to advance this matter as Minister for Justice, and I look forward to an early commencement of this much needed project.”