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More delays for Belfast stadium development

Words: Roger Milne
Casement Park / Robin Kirk

Plans for a revamped flagship GAA stadium at Casement Park in Belfast have suffered another major setback after a review ordered sweeping changes to the project - meaning a new planning application for the scheme is not now expected for 12 months.

A number of senior officials on the troubled scheme will also be replaced, including an expert who raised concerns over safety.

Located in west Belfast, Casement Park is the city’s principal GAA stadium. It is among the proposed venues for Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.

The stadium is undergoing a major modernisation as part of a government commitment to upgrade outdated sports facilities.

The GAA wants to build a 38,000-capacity, all-seater stadium on the current site on the Andersonstown Road.

The project has been dogged by delay and controversy. Last December a High Court judge quashed planning approval for the stadium and in May sports minister Caral Ní Chuilín ordered a review of the project.

Image courtesy of Robin Kirk