No public money available to build Islamic centre, says First Minister

Peter Robinson at Islamic Centre
Peter Robinson at Islamic Centre

A spokesman for the Belfast Islamic Centre has repeated his call for government help in setting up a new facility for local Muslims.

Dr Raied Al-Wazzan said his community was prepared to pay for the building project, but has appealed for land to be provided to kick-start the process.

“We will provide the funds to build the cultural centre but we need the land from the government,” he said.

“It is a cultural centre that we are looking for and not just a mosque.

“Somewhere we could have our social activities like mother and toddler groups, like cookery, like youth clubs and so on.”

Speaking on BBC Radio’s Nolan Show, Dr Al-Wazzan added: “And there is a huge demand for it. The Muslim population is growing in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, but especially in south Belfast.”