‘Casement Park plans a huge boost for GAA’ – McKevitt

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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SDLP South Down MLA and spokesperson for Culture, Arts and Leisure Karen McKevitt says plans to transform Casement Park into a modern 38,000-seater Gaelic Games stadium is a huge boost for Gaelic games in Ulster.

SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín reached an agreement with the GAA on a funding agreement of over £62million for the redevelopment of Casement Park in West Belfast.

This will allow the GAA to appoint their main contractor for the redevelopment of Casement Park in the near future.

Welcoming the decision by SDLP Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, who today gave the green light to the multi-million pound plans, McKevitt said the new stadium will be for the benefit of the entire GAA community.

McKevitt, who is parliamentary private secretary to the Environment Minister, congratulated Durkan stating, “It brings huge investment into the area, and into a sport that does so much great work for all sections of the community.

“The investment is not just for Belfast, but for the entire GAA community and will open up tremendous economic and sports tourism opportunities, as well as finally providing headquarters for Gaelic Games in Ulster.

McKevitt added, “I have no doubt my colleague Minister Mark H Durkan has taken the concerns of the residents in West Belfast into consideration as part of this decision. I know my colleagues in West Belfast will continue to work with residents so their concerns are heard.”


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