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Ulster Council can pave way: Danny Murphy

By John Campbell

Outgoing Ulster Council chief executive and secretary Danny Murphy is urging the governing body of the GAA here to further extend its tentacles into the wider community.

It was Murphy who was very much to the fore when numerous cross-community initiatives were launched during his 16-year tenure as the Council's top administrative officer and he is particularly keen to see efforts in this area stepped up.

"I believe there is a great future for this country of ours," he insists, "That's why I want to see the ongoing work we do within the wider community here in Ulster expanded.

"In our community section we deal with a raft of matters that are not all specific to GAA clubs and at the end of the day I think that the Ulster Council has a responsibility to play its part in building a better future for all."

And he is particularly anxious to see work on the re-development of Casement Park completed.

"The strategic stadium programme was set up in 2009 and I would now like to see the new-look Casement Park finished," states Murphy. "It would be a travesty if this were not done. Belfast is Ireland's second largest city and requires a stadium in keeping with its status. Obviously there have been delays but there is now a clear need to press ahead. The Ulster Council has been behind this initiative from the outset."

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