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Sinn Féin councillor welcomes Windsor Park go-ahead

20 February, 2013

South Belfast Sinn Féin councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has welcomed the decision today by Minister Alex Attwood to approve planning permission for a new stadium development at Windsor Park.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

"This is a magnificent regeneration opportunity for Belfast, bringing the prospect of a truly inclusive stadium with access to Boucher Road and forming part of a larger sports village development featuring a council-funded leisure complex. 

"As with Ravenhill and Casement Park, the new stadium will impact positively on the entire city of Belfast but if approached correctly could open up a new era for sport and leisure in South Belfast. 

"Belfast City Council has agreed to look favourably on proposals to include a 21st century leisure complex, replacing Olympia, as part of the Windsor development.

“I will be strongly supporting those plans, representing a significant financial investment, and asking that the proposals are expedited to meet the tight development timeline. Council funding will need to be agreed by May 2013.

"I look forward to working with the IFA to ensure the new stadium contributes to the shared sporting and community goals of Belfast in the time ahead."

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