Clement Herron's new offices are offically opened by Minister Charlie Flanagan in Laois

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A great vote of confidence in Portlaoise was how the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan termed the official opening of Clement Herron Real Estate's new offices at Bridge Street Lower on Monday evening. On hand to cut the ceremonial tape for the brand new premises, Minister Flanagan noted in particular that it was a vote of confidence in the inner town area. 
The Minister wished Clement and his staff every success. 
"This evening is proof positive we have turned the corner in terms of economic development and regeneration. "When I first started out in business here, Portlaoise was a town of 10 to 12,000 people. Now it has a population of 24,000."
Minister Flanagan noted the "targeted and strategic planning for Portlaoise" under Project 2040, something which Clement and his colleagues would have a huge role to play in.  
"I was very pleased that Portlaoise has been designated as an initial pilot scheme under Project 2040. Already €3 million has been earmarked for projects in the inner town area, and particularly the old historic part of town."
The Minister also noted that Portlaoise had been designated a low carbon town. 
He acknowledged Clement Herron's investment in Portlaoise and commitment to business in the town. 
Clement Herron said he was very encouraged to make the investment in Portlaoise. 
He noted developments underway including negotiations to bring 120 new jobs to the Laois area in the next eighteen months and the construction of 200 new houses on the Dublin side of Portlaoise which was nearly ready to kick off. 
"Hopefully the banks will be giving out the money and that the loans will flow," he noted. 
He noted that he had started in Remax about 14 years ago and himself and Ciara Nolan has started CHRE. We now have property management, sales, administration and a good chunk of property in Portlaoise. We have the ability to scale up now," he stated. 
Concluding he thanked his family and staff for their help and support.