Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has welcomed today’s announcements by Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín that the funding agreement has been reached with the GAA on the new Casement Park stadium project and by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan to give planning approval to the landmark development.
The West Belfast MP said:
“These are welcome announcements that will help regenerate West Belfast and create employment in the area.
“It is another important step in the Stadia projects brought forward by the Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.
“The construction of a 38,000 capacity state of the art stadium on the Casement Park site will be a huge boost for the GAA in the city and County Antrim and will bring longer term and wider economic benefits to an area in much need of investment. This area has suffered from years of under investment and neglect.
“Sinn Féin have met with residents over the last number of years to hear their concerns and have facilitated meetings between them and the GAA and DCAL. We have also raised those residents concerns with both the GAA and DCAL.
“Over the coming period, as the building work gets under way, further residents concerns need to be taken on board and dealt with in a sensitive manner.
“People throughout greater West Belfast and the city as a whole have bought into this project. The new Casement Park will be an excellent stadium where we can display and enjoy all that is best in our native games for decades to come.”