19/06/2024

Casement Park Failure 'Betrayal' By Govt And Ministers – SDLP

The failure to redevelop Casement Park in time for EURO2028 would be a betrayal by the British Government and Ministers, SDLP West Belfast Councillor Paul Doherty has said.

Cllr Doherty was speaking after GAA President Jarlath Burns said it is unlikely the redevelopment of Casement Park will be completed in time to stage matches for 2028.
News Image
Councillor Doherty said: "There is real concern in our community today that this once in a lifetime opportunity to host the Euros is slipping through our fingers. This would be a landmark event, not only for west Belfast, but for our city as a whole and I cannot believe we now face the very real risk of our part in this bid falling apart. Allowing it to fall apart now would be an utter betrayal of people in this city after big promises of significant financial contributions were made to get the project across the line.

"For weeks I have been calling for common sense to prevail and the Executive to work with the British Government to get the funding for Casement Park across the line. I am deeply disappointed that voices within our own community, including those in Executive parties with the influence to help make this happen have remained silent at such a critical time.

"Indeed, under questioning from the SDLP in the Assembly this week the deputy First Minister was unable to commit to even raising Casement with the British Government. West Belfast is ready for this huge opportunity - we need political leaders who will work night and day to make it happen."

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

19 July 2024
Investigation Launched After Death Of Man In L'Derry
Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances around the death of a man, aged in his 80s, in L'Derry. On Wednesday, 17 July, the man's body was found in a house in the Culmore Road area of the city.
28 April 2016
Extensive Consultation Process Begins For Casement Park Project
An extensive consultation process has begun for the Casement Park project in west Belfast. In 2014, planning permission for the stadium had been overturned, however after confirming in May that they were working on new plans for the stadium, Ulster GAA has now started a 20-week consultation.
11 March 2011
Rugby, GAA And Soccer Score Funding
There has been mixed reactions to news of a massive post-budget injection of cash into NI's sporting facilities - although the news is very positive for the troubled construction sector.
09 July 2012
Antrim Win Eleventh Successive Ulster Hurling Title
Antrim defeated Derry by 18 points yesterday to win their eleventh Ulster Hurling title in a row. After an early lead due to an eighth-minute goal from Conor Carson, Casement Park saw the Saffrons glide to victory with a score of 3-18 to Derry's 0-9.
24 October 2016
Ulster GAA Reveals Plans For New Stadium
Ulster GAA has revealed plans for its new stadium at Casement Park in west Belfast. The new scheme developed by architects Populous plans to transform Casement Park with an enhanced atmosphere and iconic new stadium bowl.