"We remain hopeful that work could commence in 2020 at Casement Park"

November 23, 2019

The present day Casement Park. Pic via Antrim GAA

The chairman of the Casement Park Project Board has expressed his ‘deep frustration’ with the delays to their development plans but is hopeful that progress will be made in 2020.

It is approaching 1,000 days since Ulster GAA submitted a planning application in February 2017 and, in a letter circulated to all GAA clubs in the province, Tom Daly states: “As we approach that time of year when club and county committees throughout Ulster host conventions/AGM’s to review 2019 activities, I am writing to you to communicate our deep frustration that the plans for a new Provincial Stadium at Casement Park continue to be encumbered by a prolonged planning process.

“Monday (25th November) marks 1,000 days since Ulster GAA submitted its planning application in February 2017 for an iconic new Provincial Stadium in Belfast which would deliver the last strand of the Regional Stadia Development Programme, a key commitment within the NI Executive’s Programme for Government.”

Six years have elapsed since the Andersonstown Road venue last hosted an inter-county fixture.

“Earlier this year we wrote to the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to express our concerns about the planning process and the length of time it was taking some statutory bodies to respond to information requests.

“While we welcome the Department’s response which recognised our frustration and indicated that the process will soon be drawing to a close, we remain focused on ensuring our members are provided with absolute clarity on when, and by whom, a decision will be made.

“We can also confirm that we have submitted our final draft version of the business case for the project to the Department for Communities (DfC) and look forward to its continued progression through inter-departmental processes to the Department of Finance (DoF).

“Thereafter, subject to planning approval and securing the additional investment required to deliver the project we remain hopeful that work could commence in 2020 at Casement Park.”

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