Ulster GAA welcome fresh Casement Park cash funding

Ulster GAA has warmly welcomed the €50m contribution from the Irish government towards the Casement Park project.

Work began this week at the west Belfast venue, where a game hasn’t been played since 2013. The venue will accommodate matches at Euro 2028 as part of the joint-hosting between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The original cost of the redevelopment was €88m, with €17.5m of that being funded by the GAA and the rest by Stormont but costs have risen significantly since for the proposed 34,500 seater stadium.

The funding was part of a €800m injection to Shared Island Projects.

“We welcome, and thank, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Government for the hugely significant and important contribution to support the construction of Casement Park which will leave a legacy not only for the Gaels of Antrim and Ulster, but for all of society,” said Tom Daly, Ulster GAA stadium board.

“We have been working closely with the Taoiseach’s office to bring the Irish Government on board to contribute to the Ulster GAA’s overall partnership funding package for the stadium which reflects its ambition to foster long lasting sporting, cultural and economic opportunities in the province. Throughout the process the Taoiseach and all of Government have been steadfast and consistent in their support for, and commitment to, helping Ulster GAA deliver a modern fit for purpose GAA stadium for the whole community.

“We also recognise that this will contribute significantly to both North South and East West relationships.”

Ulster GAA President Ciaran McLaughlin said: “This is a tremendous boost for all GAA members today.  Following on from successful bid by the UK & Ireland to secure the UEFA EURO 2028 Championships and the recent return of the Assembly and Executive we now have a once in a generation opportunity, to further advance community reconciliation and showcase this great city to the world.”

Ulster GAA confirmed last week that they written to residents and updated the local voluntary, business and tourism community about pre-enabling works taking place on site throughout February and March, followed by site clearance from April to June, including the removal of the old terracing.

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