I hope you’re pleased. After not even agreeing on the name of the place, you’ve vetoed The Maze/LongKesh development.
For the second time. Repeat offenders!
Do you know how much it cost when you vetoed the stadium?
Planning fees, architect fees, business case preparation for the Stadium which never went ahead was estimated to run into five million pounds which will never be recovered.
There were defects in the location, design and costs
That Stadium could have harmed us in the long term
What do you mean? Catholics, nationalists and republicans attending games?
Well that would have hurt our attendances and therefore our finances. It would have introduced a political element into our sport, which we were not happy with
So you spent the money on something else and now there’s a legal challenge. A Belfast High Court
has been asked to immediately block the development proposals amid claims they breach EU competition laws.
And now we have this new U-turn.
The EU says the £18m funding set aside for the Maze peace centre can’t be reallocated to other projects
At a conference in Brussels in January, the planned peace centre was hailed as a great example of Northern Ireland moving forward.
It can still go ahead without the Peace Centre
They’re not going to hand over that money for a string of supermarkets and a housing development for Loyalists on an ordinary brown site
Did you know the development plan was going to include an agricultural show arena, a business campus for enterprises from agrifood, to life sciences and renewable technologies, research and development facilities linked to the universities.
Since Long Kesh was originally a US Air Force base during the war, they would have restored second World War hangars and housed the 21-aircraft collection of the Ulster Aviation Society.
The plan also included about 200 residential units, both private and social, sports and leisure facilities.
A world-famous architect drew up the plans for international peace centre.
He’ll have to be paid and world-famous architects don’t come cheap! And now it’s all gone, thanks to the DUP and the Orange Order
It wasn’t Loyalists. It was innocent victims.
Don’t make me sick. You mounted a campaign against a “Republican shrine”
The Orange Order called out against it in its 12th July speeches. Grand Masters said they wanted the Maze demolished
Any remnants of the prison will become a pilgrimage site to Republican martyrdom. Republicans identify with that site
So what? Are you afraid or ashamed of another version of the truth? Or is this just an insane control exercise?
As I said before you are just bully boys
You don’t care about the damage you cause to other people and organisations. You don’t care and they don’t count.
You have only contempt for other people – the EU, the architect, the people who were working on the development plans, the workers who would have had jobs.
You didn’t even bother to inform Sinn Fein your partner on the agreement that you were reneging on the deal before you told the press.
Thanks to you lot, we’ve lost the chance of 2.000 jobs for the local construction industry as well as 5000 potential long-term jobs and
£300 million of investment.
The Orange Order
has maintained its power and domination over Catholics. For the moment.And at what cost?
Under Joint Sovreignty
our two Secretaries of State
will break the power of the Orange Order