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A decision by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon to reccomend planning approval for Casement Park in Belfast has been welcomed by MLA Justin McNulty who played there while on the Armagh football team. 

Mr McNulty has described it as a “transformative” decision.
Armagh playing Tyrone at Casement Park in 2006. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Armagh playing Tyrone at Casement Park in 2006. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


The 2002 All Ireland Champion Mr McNulty said, "This is a significant day for our country and for all Gaels and is great news in what are dark and turbulent days.  I have very fond memories of playing games on the perfect turf of the ‘Old Casement’ and have been very aware that many of today’s Gaels have come through their intercountry careers without having had the opportunity to play a game on that hallowed turf.  At long last progress can be made on the delivery of a world class stadium fit for Ulster GAA.
The victorious Down Under 21 Team who beat Armagh in the Ulster Final at Casement Park in 2009. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The victorious Down Under 21 Team who beat Armagh in the Ulster Final at Casement Park in 2009. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie


“SDLP Minister Nichola Mallon has acted with careful consideration and care and has decided to approve a recommendation for planning approval for Casement Park. The ball in now in the Executive’s court to provide the funding promised and required to see construction completed."

The MLA continued "This stadium will be transformative for Belfast, for the nine counties of Ulster and for the GAA right across our island. I am delighted that the SDLP has secured this positive decision and we are committed to working with all to ensure the delivery of this project that will not only transform our sporting community here but will deliver an economic boost though construction and then when the stadium is operational.

"This weekend sees the belated start to the National League Campaign and I can think of no better way than to start that campaign with an acknowledgment from Government here of the GAA and every Gael across this island and abroad. In recent months, our communities have come through very tough times and we will do so again in the days ahead, but the GAA really did step up when people needed it most.  In every community the GAA was at the heart of the community response to Covid, this will go some way to recognize the crucial role of the GAA on our island."

Mr McNulty concluded "I am excited for what this will do for the GAA in Belfast, Antrim and Ulster.  I look forward to an Armagh – Tyrone Ulster final being played out there in a new world class GAA stadium in the heart of West Belfast in the near future to hear the crowds cheer on the men in Orange."

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