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Sinn Féin welcomes announcement to develop Long Kesh site

29 July, 2010 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the news from the Office of First and deputy First Minister that an application is to proceed to see the development of a conflict resolution centre on the former Long Kesh Prison site, as well as the retention of the listed buildings.

Speaking today Mr McElduff said;

“From the beginning Sinn Féin have sought to have the Long Kesh site developed in order to maximise the economic, historic and reconciliation potential of the site; this is a site of national and international importance.

On top this aspect of the sites importance, there is potential to create long term jobs and sustain the construction industry along the main route between Belfast and Dublin.

We are pleased that the application to develop a conflict resolution and peace building centre in excess of £20m will now go forward to Europe for funding.

The listed and retained buildings including an H block, the prison hospital, visitors and administration blocks, will be open to the public. There will be the opportunity for the many and stories of the gaol to be told.

As republicans we obviously think of the many people who have went through the gaol throughout its history and of course prisoners struggle for political status. Others including those who worked there also have their story to tell.

We believe that there are many benefits for the wider community to engage with the history of the gaol.

We now need to see work progress and the site developed and open to the public.” CRÍOCH

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