Latest Laois News: Local Minister points to Garda Divisional Headquarters and new Courthouse as priorities
Garda Divisional Headquarters and new Courthouse are key priorities
Sean Fleming T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance has had detailed discussions with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to advancing two key projects in Portlaoise as part of the update of the new National Development Plan.
The new National Development Plan is expected to be published in October.
“I have spoken directly with all concerned to ensure that the new Garda Siochana Divisional Headquarters in Portlaoise is fully supported and funding made available in the new National Development Plan. This new Divisional Headquarters will be for counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare. This project is essential to ensure we have adequate modern policing facilities available throughout the region.
I have also specifically had discussions to prioritise a new Courthouse in Portlaoise. A site has been acquired and I have requested priority be assigned to this in the new National Development Plan. This is an important new facility for Portlaoise, as through the years many people have complained about the inadequate space and the location of the existing Courthouse on the Main Street in Portlaoise.
Finally, I have also been in touch with the Department about completing upgrade works in Portlaoise Prison. This is the only high security prison in the State and many of the facilities are over 100yrs old and need to be upgraded at this time.
I attach an email from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in respect to Portlaoise Garda Headquarters.”