On Thursday, the Education Minister announced the project will move to the next phase of planning.
A definitive date for the beginning of works at Kolbe Special School in Portlaoise is to be sought from the Education Minister.
Fine Gael councillor Willie Aird asked Laois County Council to make the request during this month's council meeting.
On Thursday, Minister Norma Foley announced that the eight classroom building will move to the next phase of planning.
Former Justice Minister, Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan would like to see forks in the ground by the end of 2021: