GAA approve £60m Casement revamp

Published Friday, 17 February 2012
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The GAA has accepted an offer of over £60m from the Sports Department to redevelop Casement Park in Belfast.

GAA approve £60m Casement revamp
Casement Park at night. (© Pacemaker)

It follows meetings of the Ulster Council and the GAA's National Management Committee.

The sporting body says a letter from Stormont has confirmed an offer of £61.4m to invest in a new 40,000 seated capacity stadium at Casement.

It says the next phase will be appointing a design team, hoped to be in place by July, and begin engaging with the local community over the project.

Ulster GAA President Aogan Ó Fearghail said: "This was an important decision for the Ulster Council and the GAA at Central level and I am delighted that we have received approval and endorsement from both bodies.

"The unanimous acceptance of the letter of offer is a significant milestone in both the Casement Park redevelopment project and the ongoing implementation of the Ulster GAA Strategic Action Plan and Vision.

"I want to recognise and thank the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Caral Ni Chuilin MLA, First Minister Peter Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA MP for their confidence in and ongoing support for Ulster GAA as we begin a new and exciting stage in the development of Casement Park."

Welcoming the announcement, west Belfast MLA Pat Sheehan said he hopes it can bring a much-needed boost to the area.

"It will be a huge boost for the GAA in the city and Co Antrim and will bring longer term and wider economic benefits to an area in much need of investment," the Sinn Féin representative said.

"West Belfast has suffered from many years of neglect including under investment. Hopefully the construction contractual arrangements for this development will include measures to address long term unemployment in this part of the city."

© UTV News
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6 Comments
Alan in Londonderry wrote (917 days ago):
This is a disgrace, why did all sports not get the same amount? There will be no complaints from the catholic population regards taking the £61 million from the British Gov here. It saddens me to say it but the DUP and the UUP and the TUV are useless. They do nothing for the people that elected them.
spectator in some where over the rainbow wrote (917 days ago):
@connor. The Casement revamp has been funded by Stormont because the DUP were the only party to say no to a new stadium. The GAA had signed up to this along side football and rugby. So if you are not happy with this investment, then take it up with Mr Robinson and co. I just hope that a social clause is built in to the revamp so that people in the area get a chance to gain some employment from it.
ady in tyrone wrote (917 days ago):
Maybe Connor would prefer the money was given to bail out Rangers ? Sean wonders why work in Construction is being done by "outsiders", Answer Sean.BECAUSE IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN !
Seán in Belfast wrote (918 days ago):
Fantastic news for Belfast never mind West Belfast - a world class stadium for the children of the future to play in - unlike other sports GAA will allow people of all ages to play on the turf, from school children to senior players, boys, girls, men & women - fully inclusive. Hopefully the Ulster Football Final will now have its home again in Casement. Some International Rules games will follow also. So exciting for the City. Exciting times for the GAA & Belfast!
Connor in Newtownabbey wrote (918 days ago):
60MILLION?! Less than half of that given to the local football game. Where a new national stadium is needed and pitches of local teams need revamped. GAA ask and GAA get. Disgraceful.
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