Monday 27 February 2017

Casement Park set for €71m redevelopment

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

THE funding details for Casement Park's redevelopment have been released by the Northern Ireland executive.

The Ulster Council will receive €71.4m (£61.4m) to redevelop the Belfast stadium into a 40,000-seater state-of-the-art facility.

It will once again become the home to the Ulster football final, but it remains to be seen if the redevelopment will be complete in time to host an International Rules Test when the Australians return in 2013.

Ulster officials and some managers have been critical of the link between the GAA and the AFL in the past.

Meanwhile, the GAA's management committee are expected to have further discussions on the discussion paper written by director general Paraic Duffy on payments to managers when they meet tonight.

The committee have discussed the document at one previous meeting but so far they have elected not to put it into the domain of Central Council, which does not meet again until just before Congress in April.

The discussion paper was written by Duffy late last year and reasons for the delay in its publication have been the subject of much speculation since.

Having first raised the subject in his annual report to Congress almost 12 months ago, Duffy must be keen to have the paper moved beyond management at this stage, but there has been a reluctance among other members of management to trigger the next step. His report to 2011 Congress is due out early next week.

GAA president Christy Cooney has asked for time for members of management to consider the core of the discussion.

With Central Council not due to meet for another month, its members are unlikely to get an opportunity to discuss it until then.

There is common belief that the discussion paper will call for some structure and guidelines to be introduced for managers at club and county level.

Irish Independent

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