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Analysis of Long Kesh/Maze site must go beyond monetary benefits

23 June, 2008


Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff, who is Chairperson of the Assembly Culture Arts and Leisure Committee, has said that when Gregory Campbell and the Executive consider the case for the redevelopment of the Long Kesh/maze site that there must be a full analysis of the non monetary benefits including the potential to create 6,000 jobs.

Me McElduff said:

"The analysis of the Long Kesh/Maze site must look beyond the purely monetary aspects and include an analysis of the non monetary benefits of the redevelopment of this site including the potential to create 6,000 jobs.

"This is an opportunity to create a shared future with a shared space and a stadium agreed by all three of our main sporting organisations, the GAA, IFA and IRFU. We need to look at the bigger picture and not just a particular narrow and indeed contested financial assessment.

"The stadium and linked Conflict Transformation zone have the potential to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the whole site, to create jobs and secure significant additional investment. When Gregory Campbell and the Executive consider the case for the redevelopment of the Long Kesh/Maze site the analysis must include a recognition of the non monetary benefits." ENDS

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