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GAA's Ulster Council deny bullying claims in Casement Park project

Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30

Casement Park in Northern Ireland
Casement Park in Northern Ireland

The GAA's Ulster Council has strongly refuted an allegation that it put pressure on an individual over his views on the safety of the Casement Park redevelopment plan.

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The allegation came to light at a Stormont Committee meeting yesterday which has led to Northern Ireland's Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilín calling for a full review of the project.

Paul Scott of the Safety and Technical Group (STG) told the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) committee that he had to make a complaint because the pressure was "so significant."

He said there was "undue" pressure placed on him and other Sports Northern Ireland officials by the GAA and the DCAL over his views on safety aspects of the plan.

Northern Ireland Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilín has called for a full review of the Casement Park project
Northern Ireland Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilín has called for a full review of the Casement Park project

He said a claim made that the STG had treated the Windsor Park and Ravenhill re-developments differently was "outrageous and hurtful."

Last December a judicial review of the planning application ruled that it was unlawful and that it was "irretrievably flawed."

A statement on behalf of the Ulster Council flatly rejected it had "pressured or bullied any individual or organisation in any way".

"We have an impeccable safety record within our stadia throughout Ulster and Ireland," it added.

"We are also concerned that today's events could prejudice our forthcoming planning application for a provincial stadium project at Casement Park."

Irish Independent

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