Destruction has begun at the former Maze prison on the outskirts of Lisburn.

It is hoped that the site will be the location for a shared sports stadium and a centre for conflict transformation.

The Maze housed 25,000 prisoners and became synonymous with the republican hunger strike. Under the Good Friday Agreement, republican prisoners were released from the Maze, or Long Kesh, thereby negating the function of the prison. 

As the demolition work began, Paul Butler of Sinn Féin and Edwin Putts of the DUP both talk about the future for Northern Ireland in partnership politics. 

This particular project is a symbol that Northern Ireland is moving on. We're demolishing the past here.

An RTÉ News report by Declan McBennett broadcast on 30 October 2006.