Yes I will – No you won’t

The BBC’s Gareth Gordon reports that Edwin Poots was prevented from issuing a statement in support of the national stadium following the intervention of senior DUP figures. It was also revealed that Belfast City Council recieved no formal notification of the deadline for proposals until three days after the deadline had passed. The statement of support was to coincide with the launch of this report (pdf file) into possible sites. Government had previously refused to publish this report but were over-ruled by the Information Commissioner following an FOI appeal by NI football supporters. UPDATE David McNarry has called for Poots to resign.

  • Bemused

    Ha, ha, ha – confirms what a barrister friend told me a couple of months ago – seemingly the judicial review practitioners in the Bar Library are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of working devolution. They reckon that giving power to these parochial half-wits will result in a bonanza of penalty kick, Lord Rooker-type judicial review applications. How the tantruming toddler wing of the DUP think that Poots is going to survive a judicial review of any failure by him to proceed with the Maze site caused by ‘pressure’ within his own party is beyond me. Then again, these bozos have never had any concerns about pissing away millions of public money on their own sectarian nonsense projects…….

  • On Wednesday, the government published a technical report on the site selection process from which the Maze was chosen as the preferred location for the stadium.

    I’m confused with this report.
    Over on the DCAL site this report is dated from October 2004; is this one Poots said would be ready by the end of October, or is it an earlier one that was previously published?

  • foreign correspondent

    ´I´ before ´e´, except after ´c´.

  • darth rumsfeld

    Plug mugged?

  • steve48

    Interesting reading and I would suggest that some of the assumptions made are highly questionable. Should also note that the financial return figures are given for the North Foreshore but not the Maze. Could it be that these do not match up with the figures in the mythical business plan which has yet to see the light of day.

  • Government had previously refused to publish this report but were over-ruled by the Information Commissioner following an FOI appeal by NI football supporters.

    Ah, all is now explained….or actually no, it isn’t.

    Why did they refuse for three years to publish the report?
    And why has Poots chosen this rather opportune time to do a runner?
    Will he back to do his loyal duty as Culture Supremo/Orangeman on the 12th?

  • fair_deal

    Oneill

    “Why did they refuse for three years to publish the report?”

    AFAIK they hid behind it containing commercially sensitive info. You will see some bits have been blanked out in the document finally released. Treat this with caution as I am going on memory of a conversation a couple of years ago.

  • dodrade

    The national stadium will surely go the way of the Bertie Bowl, with the Belfast brigade blocking the Maze but unable to get it built in the city.

    Expect an autumn announcement by Robinson that the stadium is a luxury we can’t afford.

  • ciaran

    More like a white elephant we don’t need. And if stopping it completley keeps public money out of the hands of barristers then I for one say good riddance

  • Comrade Stalin

    The national stadium will surely go the way of the Bertie Bowl, with the Belfast brigade blocking the Maze but unable to get it built in the city.

    Damn right. I’d rather have no stadium, rather than one built in a shithole like greater Lisburn which has no hotels (obviously because nobody would dream of staying there, on business or pleasure), no decent restaurants, no public transport links and poor links with the motorway network. The Maze idea is an utter turd and it needs to die quickly.

  • Cruimh

    Let’s not forget nauseatingly twee Moira Comrade.

  • Tiny

    Wee Jeffrey is keeping very quiet, party career interests before those of his constituency?

  • Tiny

    When the DUP promised that ability of Ministers to act alone would be curbed is this what they meant, Ministers answerable to a secretive cabal of senior party colleagues?

    It will end in tears, probably Edwin’s!

  • Irish League Fan

    I heard on BBC radio this morning that those canny people up in Ballymena are offering a cut price stadium. If they can do a 20,000 seater stadium for £30 million let them get on with it, they have done a great job with the showgrounds so far.

    What will RIP’s Snr and Jns’s position be on this I wonder?

  • Butterknife

    If Poots is holidaying in Washington, which so happen to start at the end of the junket to sell Northern Ireland did he use public money to pay for his ‘holiday’ flights out there?