The £21m earmarked in the budget for the Maze redevelopment is a wise spend that could generate thousands of jobs, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have insisted.
The First and Deputy First Ministers vehemently defended the investment on the project following criticism from Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott.
Mr Elliott had questioned the level of outlay in the face of other public sector cutbacks.
But Mr Robinson said money had to be spent improving the infrastructure to enable development to take place.
Mr McGuinness added the Maze investment is intended to provide “thousands of new jobs”.