Community fundraising has delivered over €700,000 so far.
Legal issues around the chosen site for a new midlands hospice are holding back the project.
A lease or a transfer of ownership of the piece of land at Tullamore Regional Hospital needs to be agreed before moving on to the planning and development stage.
The local community has raised over 700,000 euro to build the first-ever dedicated palliative care unit in the region.
Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen says the Health Minister re-affirmed the government's commitment to the project at a meeting this week: