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Newcastle not getting same help as Portrush

IT is with great enthusiasm that the people of Newcastle have welcomed the news that the Irish Open will be held in the town in the summer of 2015.

Locals are immensely excited at the prospect of showcasing all the area has to offer to the many visitors. However, we have to ask is the Northern Ireland Assembly willing to play its part? Recently, we have witnessed that this event is being treated in a significantly different manner than the Irish Open 2012 in Portrush was. There are a number of questions which need to be addressed.

It is welcoming to see SDLP MLA Sean Rodgers continuing to press Culture Arts and Leisure Minister Caral Ni Chuilin as to how best we can maximise the legacy of this event. The news that The Rory Foundation would host the tournament and was willing to provide funding for the event is wonderful. However, it begs the question: if the Assembly could provide funding of approximately £1.5m to Portrush in 2012, why are they unable to provide adequate funding to Newcastle to ensure the success of this event?



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