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29 April 2015

Question Time: Culture, Arts and Leisure - Tuesday 28 April 2015



The majority of Oral Question time to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure was taken up with questions relating to the development of Windsor Park. Mr David Hilditch asked the Minister for an update on the situation at Windsor Park. The Minister stated that "the Windsor Park project is currently under construction and work is progressing well. Reconstruction of the pitch, which commenced in May 2014, was completed in August last year. Demolition of the south stand is complete, and construction of the east and south stands has commenced and is, again, progressing well". The Minster was also asked that if extra money is required for Windsor park due to the rebuild of the West Stand can she guarantee that the remainder of the regional stadium money will still be available and will not be touched. The Minister revealed that the money for the rebuild of the West Stand will come from insurance and will not impact on the budget that has been set aside for Windsor Park and the development of the subregional stadia thereafter.

The Minister was also asked about Museum Literature and cultural balance, Angling in South Antrim and whether Libraries NI has presented any plans to relocate Enniskillen library to the old hospital site during Oral Question Time.

During the 15 minute period of Topical Questions the Minister was asked for her assessment of the EastSide Arts Festival, an update on the Cairde Teo group in Armagh and what tangible and actual steps she has taken to enable boxers from Northern Ireland who aspire to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland actually to achieve that aspiration.