Published Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Windsor Park in Belfast is to be re-developed in a £25m scheme. (© Presseye)
The home of the Northern Ireland international squad, and premiership side Linfield, is in need of a revamp to up the capacity of the ground and improve the facilities available.
Questioned on the issue at Stormont, Ms Ní Chuilín acknowledged the "latest row over governance and appointments" within the Irish Football Association.
David Martin has been appointed as vice-president of the Irish Football Association, despite previously being forced to quit the same role.
The IFA no longer requires senior official to undergo suitability assessments.
"Neither DCAL, nor I or anybody else should be involved in, or be in the middle of, any democratic election process," the sports minister said.
"This is where the 'however' comes in: any organisation that is in receipt of funding from government has an appropriate responsibility to ensure that governance is upheld.
"I need to be assured that the appropriate governance and accountability structures have been maintained to fully meet the needs of DCAL."
Until I receive that assurance, I will not sign off on any agreement regarding the redevelopment at Windsor Park.
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín
Under further questioning from DUP MLA Paul Girvan, Ms Ní Chuilín also confirmed that the state aid issue regarding the Windsor redevelopment "is still not resolved" and that she is taking the issue to Europe.
"I am working away on the basis that Windsor Park needs to be redeveloped to a standard that is fit and that we are all proud to have," she added.
"However, certain issues, particularly around governance, need to be satisfied.
"That is one aspect, but I am still working away on the state aid issue in the confidence that those issues will be resolved and we will move on."
A total of £110m was set aside by DCAL for three building projects - the Ulster rugby ground at Ravenhill, the GAA's Casement Park and Windsor Park, with the latter to receive £25m.
The work, which it was hoped would begin later this month, would take the capacity of the stadium from 15,000 to 18,000.
The plans were formally submitted by the IFA in December past.
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