Friday, 8 August 2008

Maze stadium decision ‘within weeks’

The newly installed Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Gregory Campbell, has said that he will make a public decision on the proposal for a stadium at the site of the former Maze prison as soon as the Assembly returns in September. The speculation is that he will rule out the Maze proposal on financial grounds.

One wonders how this will affect the wider political scene. The leaderships of the DUP and Sinn Féin appear to be organising another series of well-choreographed developments. The first of these will likely be the announcement by the IMC that the Army Council has ceased to be. The second might be a date for the devolution of policing and justice? What will happen if Gregory Campbell were to bin the Maze Stadium and the proposed Conflict Transformation Centre so being pushed by Sinn Féin?

Gregory Campbell is known to be on the sceptical wing of the DUP i.e. those who are unsure about the whole idea of power-sharing with Sinn Féin. So much will depend whether the DUP are acting as an united team.

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