The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt, took the opportunity at the Party’s recent conference to put forward his vision for the future of the former Maze Prison site.
The Ulster Unionist Party, together with the TUV and UKIP, mounted a campaign against the proposals for a Peace and Reconciliation Centre at the site.
Following growing opposition from politicians, victims and community groups, the plans for the centre were shelved after the DUP, who had vehemently supported it in the past, withdrew their support in a dramatic turnaround by party leader Peter Robinson.
At the recent Ulster Unionist Party conference, Mr Nesbitt proposed that an International Mental Health Centre be built at the Maze instead of a Peace Centre.
Following his conference speech, Mr Nesbitt said he had received great support for his proposal. “I have been both pleased and humbled by the number of people who have contacted me to express their support for an International Mental Health Centre.
“I want us to raise our ambitions, and become global leaders in offering practical help to those who seek better mental health,” he added.