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Gregory Campbell loosing confidence of sporting bodies on stadium

21 October, 2008 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has stated that the construction of the Multi sports stadium at the site of the Maze/Long Kesh must continue to maintain the support of Gaelic sports, soccer, rugby bodies. In order to do so it needs to be clear that the DUP have the capacity to move on this issue.

Speaking today Mr McElduff said:

"The statement by the IFA stating that they believe the Maze/Long Kesh stadium to be dead is unfortunate. However the backing of this decision by Gregory Campbell, when he stated that soccer will not loose out is wrongly using his influence as Minister for Culture Arts and leisure to achieve short sighted political goals.

"Gregory Campbell needs to be decisive on this project and deliver the leadership as Minister that will receive and boost the confidence of all the sporting bodies that have signed up for the Stadium.

"The DUP's constant politicking and procrastination on this issue is leading to some of those who have endorsed the project re-evaluating their position. If such a great opportunity, not just for local sports, but for the creation of countless jobs in construction and service provision at the stadium is lost the blame will lie firmly at the door of Gregory Campbell."

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