Legal challenge to Casement rebuild

Published Thursday, 13 March 2014
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Building work on the new £76m Casement Park in west Belfast could be halted by legal action from a social club facing demolition to make way for the GAA stadium.

Legal challenge to Casement rebuild
The plan will transform the stadium and increase its capacity. (© Pacemaker)

Members of the Casement Social Club, which is based at the ground, are seeking an injunction to stop the demolition of their premises.

Papers have been lodged at the High Court in the latest chapter of a long-running dispute with the Antrim County GAA Board.

Work on transforming the ground into a 38,000-seat stadium is due to get underway next month.

However, a lawyer for the social club's committee claimed it could be put on hold by the proceedings.

Brian Moss of Worthingtons Solicitors said: "If the injunction is granted that would stop the development work from commencing because the club's premises are inside the stadium itself.

"There's no way the development work could commence around them."

The new stadium is due to be built on the existing site as part of a government investment plan which also includes upgrades to the Ulster rugby ground at Ravenhill and Windsor Park football stadium.

Last summer the social club went to court to stop its premises being shut down.

A confidential settlement was reached in that case against the Antrim County Board.

But the social club instructed lawyers again following an incident earlier this year when its electricity went off.

Although that issue has been resolved, the injunction application has been listed for hearing later this month.

Mr Moss also confirmed efforts were being made to obtain all financial records and legal documents belonging to his clients.

Both sides have been urged by a judge to attempt mediation rather than continue with court action.

© UTV News
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Michael in Belfast wrote (321 days ago):
Fair play to Casement Social Club.The concert stadium plans for West Belfast were unbelievably stupid and ill thought out ! Maybe this hold up will give time to those with influence within the GAA fraternity to MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD ! You CANNOT build a concert stadium with 50,000 person capacity fronting onto a single lane traffic arterial road to Belfast city centre.The other three sides of the site are seriously constrained by residents back gardens. Why did the GAA clubs in other areas with more suitable hinterland than Casement( Clones, maybe, for one ) not stand up and fight for a share of the £ 61,000,000 GAA giveaway. MAYBE YOU HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE NOW , IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO SO !
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