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Girdwood Barracks and the Crumlin Gaol re-development

16 October, 2007

Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the publication of the redevelopment plans for the Girdwood Barracks and the Crumlin Gaol sites in North Belfast.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"We would hope that the consultation process is meaningful and fully inclusive. The opportunity that this presents to such socially deprived areas should not be squandered.

"Sinn Fein has approached this process, along with the other members of the panel, with the goal of addressing objective need. We agree with the master planners and the vast majority of those that contributed to this process that for this development to succeed it must include the provision of housing.

"There is a range of needs within the wider community and whilst this plan site won't address all of these it could have a significant impact on the need for leisure, employment, tourism education, health facilities and of course housing.

"It is our view that this process can be a success for North Belfast and for the city as a whole. We would encourage all those with an interest in the site to engage with the consultation." ENDS

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