The Castlereagh Alliance Councillor said: “It is great to hear that the 2012 games supremo Seb Coe has given the Minister assurance that a number of matches are to be played at our new national stadium. These matches will bring fans to Northern Ireland and help boost our local hospitality industry.
“However, this means that the gauntlet has now been thrown down to the Minister Edwin Poots to ensure that the new stadium, irrespective of its location, is built long before the Olympics, so that we can address any teething problems it may have.
“We all know the delays involved in the Wembley project, and we do not want to see such problems here in Northern Ireland. Local people deserve a world-class all-sports stadium, and they must have it as soon as is feasible.”