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Sinn Féin welcomes council u-turn on GAA facilities

1 April, 2010

Sinn Féin tonight welcomed the full council vote overturning the Park’s committee decision not to provide temporary changing facilities at a GAA ground on the Cliftonville Road.

At the Park’s committee meeting last month Sinn Féin were the only party proposing a vote to allow the facilities – which would have allowed for upwards of 450 young people in North Belfast to play Gaelic sports at the site – but were defeated. 

However working with a joint proposal supported by Sinn Féin, Alliance and SDLP at tonight’s full council meeting, it was agreed to proceed with the facilities.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Conor Maskey said;

“This was an issue with Child Protection issues at the heart of it.  Currently young people, including young girls, would be forced to change in vehicles at the side of the road.  In these days this is completely unacceptable and tonight’s vote has ensured that we protect our young people from this type of scenario.

“Currently the Park’s department is working on a Playing Pitch review which clearly points to the fact that GAA pitches are underprovided for on a huge scale across the city, so I am glad that other parties accepted that tonight’s vote would assist in addressing that balance.

“Our job in the time ahead will be to work on redressing the very blatant under-provision of sports and leisure facilities across areas, especially such as North Belfast, that has existed for decades.” ENDS

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