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Casement Park redevelopment 'must go ahead'

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey says the £77m Casement Park redevelopment will boost the local economy

By Amanda Ferguson

The Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast has said the new Casement Park redevelopment must go ahead.

This comes after a High Court judge today said Northern Ireland's Environment Minister - the SDLP's Mark H Durkan - acted unlawfully in approving the 38,000-seat GAA stadium.

Mr Justice Horner suggested Mr Durkan's decision to grant planning permission for the Casement Park redevelopment was "irretrievably flawed".

But Paul Maskey says the opportunity for the £77m  redevelopment of Casement Park must not be lost.

“The opportunity for this massive investment in west Belfast must not be lost," the Sinn Fein MP said.

“Jobs and the spin-off from the new stadium would be a huge boost to the  local economy.

"I am disappointed that the environment minister's handling of this landmark project has been so wide of the mark."

Mr Maskey is urging Stormont parties to work together to find a resolution.

“West Belfast has suffered from years of neglect and under-investment and the potential of a multi-million pound state-of the art GAA stadium would be a great boost to the local economy and beyond," he added.

“I would urge all parties involved to do all that they can to reach a resolution so that this project can go ahead.

“The community of West Belfast and Gaels throughout the city and Ulster want to see the new stadium become a reality.

 “I along with the rest of my party will continue to work to making this a reality.”

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