Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Casement controversy

A Casement Park residents group has accused the GAA of giving out "misleading and factually inaccurate information" over the redevelopment of the west Belfast stadium.

The Mooreland Owenvarragh Residents Association (MORA) are worried about the height of the proposed new 38,000 all-seater ground and the shadow it would cast.

MORA, chaired by local resident and former Down hurling manager John Crossey, is calling for a meeting with Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin.

The group said it has held several meetings with the GAA in the last 12 months over the proximity of the £76m (€87.7m) redevelopment project to local housing and the impact it will have on the area and the quality of life of residents.

"MORA remains concerned that issues raised on behalf of local people have not been seriously addressed by the GAA," said Crossey.

The group, formed in 2012, has already met with similar groups which sprung up during the redevelopment of Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

As yet, the group is not demanding financial compensation, but in a statement released yesterday, hinted that this could become a live issue.

"The GAA has not offered any proposed solution in this regard," said the statement

The GAA hope the new stadium will be ready before the end of 2016.