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DUP must move now to deliver jobs on Long Kesh stadium

6 October, 2008

Following the call by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for movement by the Assembly to deliver more public sector construction work Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff, Chairperson of the Assembly Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee urged the Culture Minister Gregory Campbell to get on with delivering on the sites potential and the creation thousands of much needed jobs.

Mr McElduff said:

"Minister Campbell must be decisive and move the Long Kesh project forward. For too long internal DUP splits and divisions have been allowed to stall this project. In short the DUP have conspired to make a complete mess of the entire proposal.

"The DUP needs to show vision for the future. The debate around the Long Kesh site has been going on for well over 10 years now. The inquisition is now over; it is time to act.

"There is huge economic uncertainty and serious pressure on the construction industry.

Today we see the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors coming out strongly for public sector construction projects be delivered to help make jobs. This is a major project that can inject life into the building sector creating thousands of jobs.

"What we need to see now is action and an end to DUP rivalries which are holding up a lot of valuable construction industry jobs." CRÍOCH

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