SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has welcomed the publication of a procurement notice outlining proposed modification to the contract for the redevelopment of Casement Park.
Mr McNulty said the publication of a VEAT notice by the Department for Communities was a welcome part of the journey toward delivering a new permanent home for the GAA in Ulster following planning approval granted for the project by the SDLP’s Infrastructure Minister in 2021.
Justin McNulty MLA said:
“The delay in the journey to a permanent, fit for purpose home for the GAA at Casement Park has denied young gaels the opportunity to step out for their county on hallowed sporting ground for far too long. In government, SDLP Minister Nichola Mallon granted planning approval for Casement Park two years ago – it’s far beyond time that appropriate funding is delivered to make this project a reality.
“The new Casement Park will be a significant community asset not just to west Belfast but for people across the North and across our island. The ambitious plan to host the EURO 2028 tournament is just the start – we will be able to attract international sporting events that will inspire a generation of young people to lead active lives and consider a career in sport.
“The opportunity we have to deliver an outstanding stadium project is immense – we need to grab it with both hands.
West Belfast Councillor Paul Doherty added:
“Casement Park is a signature project that will showcase the best of west Belfast and deliver jobs and opportunities in our community. As well as giving local gaels the permanent home they so richly deserve, it will attract global events to this part of our city.
“It’s time to deliver on the ambition of Casement Park now.”