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DUP Council tells DUP Ministers to deliver on Long Kesh site

8 April, 2008

Commenting on last nights meeting between architects planning the future Long Kesh site development and Councillors in Lisburn after which the DUP dominated Council demanded progress on the stadium project, Sinn Féin Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler said:

"While I obviously welcome the engagement between Lisburn Council and the architects working on the Maze/Long Kesh site and the positive calls for immediate action from the Council Chair, the reality remains that this is one wing of the DUP talking to another.

"Lisburn Council is controlled by the DUP. The Finance Minister is the DUPs Peter Robinson. The Minister responsible for DCAL is the DUPs Edwin Poots. Jeffery Donaldson is a Junior Minister in OFM/DFM who own the site. Both Jeffery Donaldson and Edwin Poots represent Lagan Valley and both are members of the Council.

"What we had last night was the bizarre spectacle of DUP Councillors telling their party colleagues both in the Executive and in their local organisation to get on with the job. This important project has been sitting on Mr Poots desk for almost a year. He is yet to bring a proposal to the Executive.

"Sinn Féin have made our position clear. We will not support public money being used for a multi sports stadium on any other site, least of all one in an area which would be unsuitable for GAA like East Belfast.

"I agree wholeheartedly with the Council in Lisburn. The DUP need to stop dithering on the Maze/Long Kesh site and get on with the job of delivering the multi sports stadium, the ICCT and the other linked projects." ENDS

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