A spokesperson for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister said:
“The Peace building and Conflict Resolution Centre (PbCRC) along with the investment by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society is the first step in opening the door for significant job creation and private sector investment at the Maze/Long Kesh site that has been assessed as 5,000 jobs and £300million investment. It is projected that the PbCRC could support 70 additional jobs and generate approximately £1million per annum from visitor income and employment.
"It is best practice for the Department to try and project what additional support may be required however it is the Ministers intention that the centre will be fully sustainable when fully operational however this will require initial investment.
"The business case prepared in 2010, anticipated the Centre generating income after its start up period. Significant work is underway to develop the programme and income generating aspects of the Centre.
"The PBCRC's two main income streams will be:
· local and international organisations paying for the use of facilities to deliver local and international peace-building programmes, and the provision of conferences, and
· visitor numbers expected at the PBCRC.
"The level of departmental funding for the start up period is fully justified by the contribution the Centre will make and the services it will deliver both locally and internationally.
"The capital build will be fully funded by EU Peace III funding and possibly with additional Heritage Lottery funding.”