Stephen Donnelly was replying to a question from Independent Laois Offaly TD Carol Nolan.
The Health Minister is committing to securing and further developing Portlaoise Hospital.
Stephen Donnelly was replying to Independent Laois Offaly TD Carol Nolan after she raised her concern that no decision has been made on the Draft Action Plan for the Laois Facility.
Plans to reduce emergency services were published two years ago because staff were not seeing enough complex cases to maintain their skills.
Minister Donnelly also says no facilitator has been appointed to oversee the consultation process.