Centre of rural excellence for Maze

Published Friday, 08 November 2013
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A centre of rural excellence is to be created at the site of the former Maze prison.

Centre of rural excellence for Maze
The Balmoral Show was held at the Maze, outside Lisburn, for the first time. (© Pacemaker)

It comes after the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society and the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation confirmed the signing of a development agreement.

RUAS President John Bamber said: "By signing this agreement we are further progressing our long term goals to develop a Centre of Rural Excellence. This will continue to enable us to promote everything that is good about the agri-food sector in the province."

Terence Brannigan, from the development corporation, said: "We have developed a strong working relationship with the RUAS and we look forward to working together in the future."

The future of the former prison site outside Lisburn, which housed paramilitary prisoners during the Troubles from the 1970s, has sparked much debate since it was closed 13 years ago - two years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement.

This year the Balmoral Show was held there as the event moved from its former home at the King's Hall in Belfast for the first time in 100 years.

Plans to build a peace centre have been stalled after the DUP withdrew its support.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Observer in Online wrote (447 days ago):
Great news - no terrorist shrine!
Billy Bongo in Belfast wrote (450 days ago):
A what?
Alan in Enniskillen wrote (450 days ago):
Why does the centre of excellence have to be near the city, this would be much better a rural area
James in Tyrone wrote (450 days ago):
Peter Robinson and the DUP have done a massive disservice to the electorate here by throwing a spanner in the works with the conflict transformation centre, when you see the level of development going on at the maze site. I hope the electorate remember this come next election.
Kez in Ulster wrote (450 days ago):
Sounds like a MUCH better use of the site than the paramilitary shrine demanded by Republican bigots. More of this please, and no more pandering to the death squads. If they want a building, show them the International Criminal Court.
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