UK Government must now step up to the mark following Casement Park news, says Honeyford

Alliance Sports spokesperson David Honeyford MLA has welcomed the announcement the Irish Government will supply €50 million to fund the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium but said the UK Government must now follow with a funding package of its own.

David Honeyford Casement Park

The Irish Government announced they will provide funding for the 34,000-capacity stadium in West Belfast, which will host matches for the Euro 2028 tournament, as part of a €800 million cross-border package. Work on clearing and preparing the site begun earlier this week.

Mr Honeyford said the UK Government now needed to step up to the mark with its own funding package for the stadium.

“This is fantastic news from the Irish Government, moving us a step further to ending the prolonged uncertainty over the future of the Casement project and ensuring the stadium will be ready to host matches for one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions,” he said.

“I have consistently called for Casement Park to be completed in time for Euro 2028 with a focus on the opportunities for economic development and on the sporting legacy that will follow for all sections of the community.

“Benefits to the hospitality, tourism and events sectors can be boosted by improvements to infrastructure, including rail connectivity.

“But now the UK Government must act to provide funding as well and we need to see construction beginning as soon as possible.

The development of this facility will help the sport at all flourish at all levels and be a central pillar in seeing Belfast become a venue for all sorts of events going forward.

“It is vital we grasp this amazing opportunity being presented to us.”