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Adams welcomes investment in Casement Park

10 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the announcement from today's Executive meeting that more than £60m is to be invested in west Belfast to reconstruct Casement Park as the provincial headquarters for Gaelic Games in Ulster.

The former MP for West Belfast has been one of the foremost advocates for public investment in the GAA and for the investment in Casement Park.

Mr. Adams said that the Association has worked hard in unison with local public representatives and the Office of the First and deputy First Minister to secure this funding.

Mr Adams said:
"This is an excellent example of the Executive delivering. In the past, areas like west Belfast and organisations like Cumann Luthchleas Gael were excluded from large-scale public investment. This announcement is a major breakthrough. If harnessed effectively it can be part of a significant economic stimulus package in west Belfast.

"This project will have a positive impact on the local economy, creating opportunities for local employment. The new Casement Park will be more than a sports stadium it will be community hub which will bring with it social and cultural benefits.

"Next week, local civic leaders in west Belfast convene to discuss their ideas for a new, reinvigorated Task Force to bring forward a programme and strategy to the Office of the joint First Ministers for their support. The inclusion of the investment at Casement Park must be seen in the wider context of transforming the economic destiny of west Belfast. That work continues."


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