Stadium legal row settled

LEGAL challenge over the planned £70 million redevelopment of Casement Park GAA Stadium has been settled, it emerged yesterday.

Two construction companies whose combined bid to win the contract was unsuccessful had commenced High Court proceedings in an attempt to get back into the tendering process.

But a judge was told yesterday that their action against the GAA's Ulster Council has now been resolved on a confidential basis.

No further details were disclosed during a brief hearing before Mr Justice Horner.

Papers had been lodged on behalf of Lagan Somague, a joint venture involving firms from Northern Ireland and Portugal.

A new stadium is due to be built on the existing Casement site in west Belfast at a cost expected to top £70m.

Most of the funding is coming from the NI Executive through the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

The redevelopment forms part of an overall £110m investment plan involving upgrades to the Ulster rugby ground at Ravenhill and Windsor Park football stadium.

The case was expected to centre on the Ulster Council's duty as a contracting authority under European procurement regulations. Lawyers for Lagan Somague were to argue they have been wrongly knocked out of the tendering process.

But their case will not be proceeding following confirmation of the settlement.


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