The GAA have welcomed the planning approval for the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast.
Northern Ireland Infa-structure Minister Nichola Mallon made the announcement yesterday (Tues 13th), that she was recommending approval for the development, which has been held up for almost 10 years by objections and appeals.
Upon completion the new 34,000 plus stadium will be the focal point for GAA in Ulster, with the venue been ear marked to host the Ulster football final which has been in its spiritual home of Clones in Monaghan for almost 50 years, with the only exception been in 2005/2006 when it was moved to Croke park due to the rivalry between Tyrone and Armagh, which seen record numbers of supporters attending those encounters.
It was confirmed in the past few weeks, that this year’s Ulster final would not take place in St Tiernachs park, due to the lack of Flood lighting with the decider down for decision on November 22nd at 4pm.
The GAA welcomes confirmation today that a ministerial recommendation has been made for planning approval for the redeveloped Casement Park project in West Belfast.
Speaking on behalf of the GAA nationally, Uachtarán John Horan and Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan said: “Today is a very significant day, not just for the GAA in Antrim and Ulster, but for the organisation nationally.
“The announcement represents a major step in the direction of fully realising the potential of a redeveloped Casement Park and the positive impact that it will have in the second largest city on the island and on the GAA community across the province of Ulster.
“A lot of time and energy has been invested in bringing the project to this juncture and all involved deserve commendation for their patience and commitment to the stadium re-build.
“We look forward to working with Antrim and Ulster in the weeks and months ahead to plan the next steps in providing a new and welcome focal point for our games and for the Association in the north east of the island.”