Stormont buzzing with questions, short of answers…

According to Damian, there is no shortage of energy being expended in the newly convened committees. Of the Committee of the Centre he notes:

eager beavers of the Committee of the Centre, (the OFMDFM’s committee) were exploding with ideas on what they wanted to tackle – but no-one was entirely sure what was within their remit.
Could they dump the defunct Civic Forum? Why are public sector jobs not located in towns west of the Bann? What was the deal with 20 month backlog at the Planning Appeals Commission, oh and what about the report of the interim Victim’s Commissioner? Oh, and when will we see the Single Equality Bill? They may as well have been asking what was pi’s final digit for all the answers they got.

Anyone got any suggestions?

  • protorious

    “The Sinn Féin MLA insisted that the Maze-Long Kesh project should be referred to as a multi-sports stadium, and not the national stadium, as Croke Park is in fact the national stadium”

    God thats hilarious

  • Protorious

    Actually it is a factual statement…

  • protorious

    MacSwiney,

    I don’t nessecarily find the statement hilarious because of the politics.

    I find it hilarious because he’s clearly spent a large amount of time coming up with an alternative title for the stadium and is quite proud of himself at noticing the gross injustice of calling it a “national stadium”

    I find that amusing…

  • Protorious,

    It was actually some sections of the local media (particularly BBC NI) who began to use the descrption “National Stadium” when referring to The Maze project. The term was never included in any of the initial briefings for the project. It was a conception of the local media. I wouldnt imagine for one moment that Mitchell spent even remotely “a large amount of time” coming up with the phrase “multi-sports stadium”. I find it odd really that you think he did. I reckon a few seconds (max) would have been sufficient…

  • darth rumsfeld

    A good start for this shower would be to intern all members of the Civic Forum ( the thing David Trimble “forgot to kill” in the GFA negotiations). They could be locked up in the Bobby Sands memorial h block, and we could all pay to go and throw things at them. Perhaps when they’re dead we could put a fresh batch of MLAs and a hungry lion in every month

  • noel adams

    With all the committies meeting on wednesday 16 of our MPs will not be in a position to cover PMQ is this another example of the difficulty with double and trebel jobing.

  • jaffa

    It’s going to have Ulster GAA, Northern Irish Football and Ulster Rugby. By 2 to 1 it’s the Ulster Stadium (Ulster Park?).

  • Jaffa,

    Actually, it is not going to have just “Ulster GAA”. It will also be used for All-Ireland qualifying matches.

    Ulster Rugby officials have also said that they would push the IRFU to have some Ireland Rugby Internationals played at the new stadium.

    We should really have a common name for the new stadium, although I honestly havent a clue what that should be, as somebody on either side will undoubtedly take offence.

    What about simply calling it The Maze Stadium. or The Maze Arena..?

  • GavBelfast

    “Ulster Rugby officials have also said that they would push the IRFU to have some Ireland Rugby Internationals played at the new stadium.”

    Aye, the IRFU, the expensive new Lansdowne Road to pay for itself, hoardes of tourists who enjoy their Dublin weekends and the pubs and eateries in Lansdowne’s vicinity, and the Dublin city economy will countenance that.

    The reality: any Maze Stadium will get a crappy Autumn international once every two years and possibly a pre-World Cup friendly.

  • Gav,

    I accept what you are saying. Certainly, friendly Rugby Internationals will be as good as it gets in the early days. However it’s interesting that several IRFU officials have recently admitted that it is almost inevitable that they would have to eventually play the occasional Six Nations match at the new stadium. It depends really on the capacity at The Maze. Some IFA officials are pushing for a smaller capacity at the new stadium as they fear that the ground could be half empty if the current bubble bursts and NI’s run of good form comes to an end.

    Jim Boyce, for one, is said to favour a lower capacity and he cited a number of internationals prior to the current good run when NI were attracting crowds of only 6 or 7,000 which is actually less than most Big Two matches.

  • GavBelfast

    I would be, frankly, flabbergasted if any Six Nations mathces are ever played away from Dublin for the reasons I mentioned above.

    I simply don’t see how a Maze Stadium can ever be viable unless it is very heavily subsisised (not just initial capital costs, but on an ongoing basis) and, if that’s the case, then it isn’t viable really.

    If there is a determination to link sport and leisure with politics, then perhaps a motor racing and equestrian facility which need space (and maybe a new home for the Balmoral Show?) is the way to go, but the needs and wishes of sport and viability should not be handicapped or held hostage to political symbolism and grandiose vanity projects for very local politicians.

  • vinty

    The IRFU have clearly stated that they would bring some 6 nations games to the Maze.

    The new Lansdowne will hold 50k, the Maze 44k.

    So the financial differential is minimal & i’m sure the corporate set up at the Maze would be every bit as good as the new Lansdowne.

    The only sports fans turning the issue into a political football, are n.i fans who seem more interested in politics than sport.

    I wonder how many of these ‘new’ football fans are actually interested in sport?

  • Gewurztraminer

    Surely it should be called The Tayto Maze/Long Kesh National Multi-Sport Arena Park

  • GavBelfast

    The IRFU has NOT committed, promised or even indicated that Six Nations games will EVER be played at any new stadium here, let alone at the Maze site. Evidence otherwise please?

    On this subject, perhaps more than ever, the mysterious trolls appears and the deceit flows – a bit like the Maze business plan(?), selection process(?) and the whole Maze pipe-dream.

  • vinty

    IRFU statement Jan 07

    “the IRFU also supports the concept of Ireland A international matches being played there and would also agree to staging certain full international matches,including the possibility of selected 6 nations games at the Maze.”

  • GavBelfast

    Vinty,

    Thanks – you WERE misleading everyone, and that’s being kind. Thanks for vindicating my remarks.

    Anyway, as the IRFU seems to regard Ravenhill (and, presumably, anywhere else in NI as an away venue for protocol purposes these days), I think we can safely say about the Maze and Six Nations: never the twain shall meet.

  • vinty

    Funny how n.i fans get so hung up over amthems at rugby games and yet are happy for an exclusively unionist anthem & flag at football games.

  • Mike

    The troll is back, I see.

  • Mike

    Macswiney –

    “Actually it is a factual statement…”

    By what stretch of the imagination is that a factual statement rather than simply his (and your) opinion??

  • kyle

    Who are you ‘mike’ or are you a troll ??

    I don’t recognise the name ?

  • I wonder…

    here and everywhere else a blogger that u defended has banned my pov, on atangledweb, in the plough as elsewwere no one can object to david vances view onthe BBC,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ginfizz

    “A good start for this shower would be to intern all members of the Civic Forum ( the thing David Trimble “forgot to kill” in the GFA negotiations). They could be locked up in the Bobby Sands memorial h block, and we could all pay to go and throw things at them. Perhaps when they’re dead we could put a fresh batch of MLAs and a hungry lion in every month

    Posted by darth rumsfeld on May 17, 2007 @ 04:50 PM”

    Even the Duke de Lucy?