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Ulster GAA upbeat after Casement Park application

by Declan Bogue

After a 32-week consultation period, the Ulster Council have finally submitted their planning application to Belfast City Council for a rebuilt Casement Park.

Some opposition may yet come from local residents group, MORA (Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents Association) who have opposed the building of the stadium and have successfully had the plans toned down in terms of stadium capacity.

At present, the new capacity would stand at 34,186.

Tom Daly, Chairman of the Casement Park Project Board, commented: "We are delighted with the overwhelming support the project has received with 95% of people that responded being in favour of the scheme and also with the positive endorsement we received from the Safety Technical Group.

"Everyone involved in the project is now looking forward to the next phase and developing on our plans to transform Casement Park into a venue that will inspire young people for generations to come."

The submission of the planning application follows a positive report by the Safety Technical Group on the progress of the project.

The report highlighted that the GAA's proposed Casement Park Stadium Design and Management Plans are sufficiently developed, and in accordance with safety legislation and guidance, at this stage to provide a sound basis for development towards the GAA's target capacity of 34,186.

Collie Donnelly, Chairman of the Antrim County Board, said: "This is another major step in the journey to bring Ulster's provincial stadium to the heartbeat of Antrim GAA."

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