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Casement Park Judicial Review | Decision Due on Monday

Sunday 14.12.2014
Team Talk Mag
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Has there ever been a more crucial judicial decision taken with regards to Ulster GAA? In the coming days High Court Judge Mr Justice Horner will decide whether or not the provincial council can proceed with the proposed redevelopment of Casement Park. The decision which is expected in the next few days will have far reaching consequences not only for the Ulster GAA council but the IRFU. They are hoping that the Andersonstown road stadium will be availablr to host some of the games in the Rugby World Cup 2023 and possibly the semi final.

It’s a high stakes predicament not only for Ulster GAA but Antrim GAA as well. If Casement does not get the green light the county board may well be faced with the possibility of having to sell the land as they do not have the funds required to reuse the land for GAA games. In Monday night’s Antrim County Convention secretary Frankie Quinn explained that unless the decision was positive the outcome would be “catastrophic” for Antrim GAA. With over 90% of the funding coming from DCAL Quinn knows that the redevelopment hinges entirely on Justice Horners decision.

The planning authority attended a thirteen day judicial review alongside Ulster GAA back in September and they were assured that a decision would be made before Christmas. Figures released from the Ulster Council suggest that the down time on the project is costing them somewhere in the region of £60,000 per week.

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