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Man appointed to oversee redevelopment of Casement Park

A senior officer has been appointed to oversee the redevelopment of Casement Park and other stadia.

Ian Maye began work this month and has a track record of delivering major programmes over many years, including fundamental reforms of the criminal justice system, planning and local government in Northern Ireland.

It follows a high-powered review of safety at the proposed West Belfast GAA stadium which raised major concerns about relations on the project.

Sports minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: "My commitment to fully delivering the entire Regional Stadium Programme remains absolute.

"Following the recent independent review of the programme by British Cabinet Office experts, which I commissioned, I undertook to fully implement all 20 recommendations that were made.

"Work is already well under way in this regard, including the appointment of a dedicated, full-time Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the programme."

Relationships have been broken and trust is lacking, according to a technical investigation led by the Cabinet Office, and an independent mediator is needed to salvage relationships.

It had called for a whistleblower who highlighted concerns to be replaced.

Paul Scott, chairman of the Safety Technical Group, has raised the prospect of another Hillsborough-style tragedy and said spectators would not be able to exit quickly enough from a new flagship GAA ground in Belfast.

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