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Resort set to become crown jewel of tourism

It's good news that the Bushmills Dunes golf resort has finally got the green light.

A resolution to the planning dispute was long overdue and thank goodness the right determination was eventually reached.

The new resort will bring much-needed jobs to the area and it will add an exciting new dimension to a tourism product for which we are justly world famous.

With the success of our Major winners and the Irish Open coming to Portrush next year, the north coast can already claim to be the world capital of golf.

This new development will give us yet another destination links course, alongside the type of accommodation and luxury resort experience which we have not always been able to boast.

Indeed, the course will be sited on the McNaughton estate, which boasts world-class pheasant shooting and some of the finest salmon fishing in Ireland, alongside the scenic River Bush.

The new resort has all the ingredients to become a magnet for a lucrative sector of the tourist market. The best comparison is Scotland's mighty Gleneagles Hotel.

It's wonderful to see an expat making such a valuable investment. Dr Alistair Hanna should be congratulated for his enterprise and for the patience he showed while this project passed through Northern Ireland's byzantine planning system.

The Runkerry resort may well become the crown jewel of the leisure industry here.

HARRY CULLEN

Portstewart, Co Londonderry

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