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Sinn Féin comment on speculation about over Long Kesh sports stadium decision

5 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Lagan Valley representative, Cllr Paul Butler commenting on growing speculation that the Long Kesh site has been chosen as the site for a new multi-use sports stadium has said that the development plans should give equal priority to the development of a peace and heritage zone.

Cllr Butler said:

"It is clear that this site has a huge potential.

"However, Sinn Féin will not support any development plan that does not give equal priority to the development of a heritage and peace zone. Any action plan must include a clear timetable for the development of not just a sports stadium but also for the development of the heritage and peace zone.

"In terms of the development of a greater understanding of the conflict and supporting the process of conflict resolution and political transition it is essential that the opportunity to develop a heritage and peace zone that maintains parts of the jail such as the H blocks and the prison hospital as important historical sites and also creates the space for research and study into conflict resolution is not lost." ENDS

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