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