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Casement Park’s future being threatened by political stalemate – Bleak pictures emerge of famous ground


The current state of the derelict Casement Park, as revealed by the Antrim GAA Twitter account this week, is in stark contrast to the artist’s impressions for the redevelopment that were published in 2016
The current state of the derelict Casement Park, as revealed by the Antrim GAA Twitter account this week, is in stark contrast to the artist’s impressions for the redevelopment that were published in 2016

GAA chiefs in Ulster and Antrim insist that the redevelopment of Casement Park will go ahead despite fresh uncertainty over planning permission. However, they acknowledge that they have no idea when work on the 34,500-capacity stadium will commence.

The west Belfast ground has remained idle and derelict since 2013 as the GAA attempted to work their way through a complicated planning process.

They are now awaiting a decision on their second application but it may be delayed indefinitely because of the political climate.

With no ministers in place due to the collapse of the Northern Ireland Government, decisions on developments such as Casement Park are proving problematical.

This follows a High Court ruling that civil servants did not have the power to grant planning permission for major projects.

“It’s an unfortunate situation and all we can do is push for a decision. Redeveloping Casement Park remains a top priority for us,” said Brian McAvoy, Ulster Council secretary.



The artist’s impressions for the redevelopment that were published in 2016The artist’s impressions for the redevelopment that were published in 2016

The artist’s impressions for the redevelopment that were published in 2016

Antrim county secretary Frankie Quinn said that the hold-ups were very frustrating.

“We need Casement Park redeveloped – it’s as simple as that,” he said.

Inside: HOW CASEMENT FELL INTO RACK AND RUIN – pages 60-61

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