Club Aontroma chairperson Niall Murphy believes that the redevelopment of Casement Park is now 'an equality issue'.

Planning permission for the redevelopment of the stadium was initially granted in 2013 and after a 2014 high court case forced changes to the project, fresh plans for a  smaller 34,500 capacity ground were submitted in 2017.

The lack of a sitting government in Stormont up until recently has seen plans for Casement Park put on the back-burner but with the return of power-sharing in Northern Ireland there is renewed hope that the stalled plans may finally get off the ground.

When asked if he was optimistic that stadium plans will now move forward, Murphy replied. "They have to, that's the bottom line. It's beyond a sporting issue, it's an equality issue now and that's how many Gaels in the North look at it.

"Windsor Park was wholly redeveloped and rightly so, Ravenhill for Ulster Rugby was wholly redeveloped and is an exceptional facility and we've been let adrift. That's just not going to be tolerated.

"A quality stadium met with appropriate government funding and commensurate government resources is now something that consider to be an equality issue."

Murphy has been in the headlines himself of late after a lengthy battle against Covid-19 which left him in a coma and fighting for his life.

The 43-year-old spent four weeks in hospital and after eventually coming out of a 16-day long coma and recovering, was told that it was 50-50 at the time whether he would make it or not.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he paid tribute to the doctors and nurses who help to save his life.

"I have to say I was in the safest of hands. All of the medical attention, which was intense, work and I just can't thank all of the staff who looked after me enough.

"It was a harder time at home. My wife got a call one night to say it was 50-50 if I would make it through, that would have been a hard phone-call to take.

"It really is like a field hospital in a war film. When I came around, I just couldn't fathom the working conditions that these people are working in.

"I've described them the equivalent of fire-fighters who ran into the Twin Towers on 9-11, except we're not providing these people with sufficient protective gear.

"The nurses and doctors are working and physios are basically working in the bin-bag, certainly in the North. I'm led to believe that circumstances are better in the South.

"With all that said, every person that cared for me couldn't have been more attentive, caring, professional and genuine."