Offaly County Council is requesting a meeting with Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes in an attempt to have work completed on the Durrow High Cross project in Co Offaly.
Durrow Abbey was acquired by the OPW five years ago at a cost of €3 million. At the time planning permission was sought to build an interpretative centre, car park and new access route to the abbey.
The site is well known for the Book of Durrow, Durrow Crozier and the High Cross.
Cllr Tommy McKeigue (FG) said the site has the potential to attract large numbers of tourists. He was shocked to discover planning permission for the development was due to expire in three weeks.