Club sit-in ends at Casement Park

Published Monday, 14 April 2014
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A sit-in protest at Casement Park in west Belfast has ended as members of a social club earmarked for demolition no longer have to vacate the premises.

Club sit-in ends at Casement Park
Protestors said their club will be occupied on a 24-hour basis from Sunday. (© UTV)

Members of the Casement Social Club said despite reaching an agreement two weeks ago, they were sent a letter from the GAA on Friday telling them they would have to leave by Monday.

It comes as work on a major redevelopment of the stadium is due to start.

The social club described the letter as "totally contrary" to a previous agreement they said was made with the Ulster Council, the Antrim GAA and the development board at Casement.

Demonstrators intended to occupy the building until the matter was resolved.

On Monday evening club chairman Bob Murray said agreement was reached following a meeting with former GAA president Peter Quinn, who sits on the Casement Park redevelopment board.

He said that all seven terms they had demanded will now be honoured and the club will now stay open until a new temporary premises is ready.

No-one from Antrim GAA was available for comment.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Sean in Lurgan wrote (101 days ago):
Maybe it's time the GAA thought about moving our showcase stadium to somewhere where it's appreciated! Is there a rule where Belfast is the only place where funding is allocated to??
Kevin in Antrim wrote (101 days ago):
new premises will settle it then? It's a new world and a spanking new stadium is evolution.
J in Belfast wrote (101 days ago):
The GAA can't not be trusted. They have proven that time and time again! The corporate GAA are only interested in making millions (from concerts in this proposed new stadium) and god help those who get in their way. They have left a bitter taste with the residents and ALL concerned with their handling of this whole affair, NOT WELCOME anymore. Who they think they are taking over a whole community without theirs wishes and interests. Regeneration of the area my butt! But then again the ones pushing this aren't from area so no big deal to them, politicians included. Really hope residents get justice. People before profit. Interesting to see what parties jump on the residents bandwagon now elections coming up!
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