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New stadium at Long Kesh undermined by "misinformation campaign"- Butler MLA

20 May, 2008

Sinn Fein MLA Paul Butler has accused the Department of Finance and Personnel of being involved in a 'misinformation campaign' to undermine the citing of the new stadium at the Maze-Long Kesh site.

Paul Butler MLA said: "In recent weeks off the record briefings of journalists by the DFP has resulted in the public being misled about the likely costs of locating a new stadium at the Maze-Long Kesh site.

"Several articles have appeared in the press and news outlets suggesting that the cost of the new stadium has dramatically increased.

"These stories do not source or evidentially support the wild claims that the cost of the stadium is prohibitive.

"This whispering campaign is based on fanciful notions concocted by those who are intent on blocking a stadium being built at the Maze-Long Kesh.

"The fact is that Price Waterhouse Cooper, a reputable financial consultancy firm, investigated the entire site and the projects being planned for it including the stadium and the Conflict Transformation Centre and described them as 'value for money'.

"There is only one credible location for a multi-sports stadium and that is the Maze-Long Kesh. It is the only site which has all-party support and the support of the three sporting organisations: GAA, rugby and soccer".

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