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Strategic requirements of sporting bodies must be met – Sinn Féin

25 February, 2009 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff, who is Chair of the Assembly's Culture, Arts and Leisure committee, has stated that the strategic requirements of the three sporting bodies, the GAA, IRFU and IFA, who would have been involved in the Multi Sports Stadium at the Long Kesh site must be met.

Speaking ahead of tomorrows Committee meeting which The Minister, Gregory Campbell, will address how he intends to disburse the funding, which was originally set aside for the Multi Sports Stadium.

Speaking today Mr McElduff said:

"Tomorrows meeting will see the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Gregory Campbell, outline his proposals for what he intends to do with his finance in the absence of a multi-purpose sports stadium at the site of the Long Kesh.

"What is of paramount importance in all of this is that the strategic requirements of the three sporting bodies, that endorsed the stadium, the GAA, IRFU and the IFA are now met.

"My understanding, for example, is that the GAA has identified a basic need for a stadium in the north which will have a spectator capacity in excess of 40,000.

"Similarly the IRFU and IFA will be confirming their strategic priorities to the department and the Minister in the very near future. The Minister must show his commitment to a long term strategy for sport by distributing the necessary funding of all three sporting bodies."

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