Nesbitt calls for inquiry over safety allegations

Mike Nesbitt
Mike Nesbitt

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt is calling on Stormont’s Committee for Culture to open an inquiry into Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin and her knowledge of safety issues relating to the proposed new GAA stadium at Casement Park.

Mr Nesbitt said: “The minister is sticking by her story that she was unaware of safety issues until Paul Scott of Sport NI and the Safety Technical Group (STG) briefed the committee on April 30. I find this frankly beyond belief.

“I have asked her about safety at Casement and other grounds at Question Time in the Assembly. It was my clear impression she ducked the issue, offering to write to me in response to my supplementary question.”

In an interview with the BBC, Ms Ni Chuilin said: “I was actually very hurt that anyone would accuse me and the officials of playing fast and loose with the safety of up to 30,000 GAA spectators and thousands of residents.”