Stadium splits DUP…

THERE is disagreement in the DUP about where the sports stadium should be. First Minister Ian Paisley and Sports Minister Edwin Poots have said ‘no’ to a Belfast stadium, but a third, Nigel Dodds, has said a stadium at the former Maze Prison site would not be acceptable if the complex also contained “a shrine to IRA terrorism”. He said: “However it is dressed up, whatever spin is deployed, the preservation of a section of the H-Blocks – including the hospital wing – would become a shrine to the terrorists who committed suicide in the Maze in the 1980s (the republican hunger strikes). That would be obnoxious to the vast majority of people and is something unionist people cannot accept. But that appears to be the prerequisite as far as Sinn Fein is concerned if a stadium is to be built at the Maze.” Tomorrow on Inside Politics, Poots will argue that the preservation order already placed on an H block and the medical wing where Bobby Sands died invalidates his party colleague’s argument.