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Residents hold rally over Casement Park refit plan in west Belfast

BY LINDA STEWART

More than 200 people gathered outside Casement Park in west Belfast at the weekend to voice their opposition to redevelopment plans.

Gerry Carroll from People Before Profit in West Belfast, who spoke at the protest, said people have been lied to over the controversial plans to transform Casement Park into a 38,000-seater Gaelic Games stadium.

Now that planning permission has been granted, work is due to start early next year and the GAA's Ulster Council has said it hopes matches can be played there from 2016.

But Mr Carroll, who plans to stand as a People Before Profit candidate for the Belfast City Council elections in the Blackmountain Ward this year, insisted residents will not be bullied.

"Residents are absolutely right to keep up the fight over Casement," he said.

"Promises have not been kept and we have not been listened to by either Sinn Fein or the SDLP.

"None of the objections to the current plans for Casement have been answered. How do they propose to deal with the already hectic traffic situation? How will the height and capacity affect those houses next to the stadium?

"Still politicians peddle the lie that this is about jobs and the economy. In truth, this is a vanity project for politicians."

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