Irish Football Association president Jim Shaw remains confident the redevelopment of Windsor Park will begin on schedule.
Earlier this month Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin threatened to stall the multi-million pounds refurbishment after she voiced concerns over governance issues within the Association.
The minister’s comments followed the election of David Martin as IFA deputy president.
Members of the Association’s council unanimously voted Martin into the position – even though he had been forced to resign from the same post three years previous and had subsequently failed a suitability test for senior office.
On Thursday, Ms Ni Chuilin – speaking at an open session of the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure’s committee at Stormont – said she remains committed to progressing work at Windsor.
“What I don’t want is for anybody to think that the deadlines won’t be met because we’ve encountered a problem,” she said.
“Am I still committed to making sure Windsor Park happens?
“Absolutely. I am as committed to it as Ravenhill and Casement Park.
“Are there problems? Yes, but I have taken a ‘can do’ approach. I will not get involved in (the IFA’s) democratic process.”
IFA president Shaw said he welcomed Ms Ni Chuilin’s update.
“Obviously we welcome the Minister’s comments, and there is a degree of confidence that the work will begin on schedule,” said Shaw.
“We want to have a stadium we can be proud of, and one that can match similar countries around Europe.”
The Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs added. “The AONISC welcome the Minister’s comments that both she and the Department remain committed to a positive outcome of the current issues relating to IFA Governance and the release of public funding.
“It is regrettable that some uncertainty has arisen as a result of recent events within the IFA, particularly that the public perception of the IFA has again been damaged.
“We reiterate our firm view that any obstacle to progress needs to be urgently addressed.
“The AONISC awaits an opportunity to meet with the Minister to discuss the issue and we hope that our request will be met with a positive response.”