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Uncertainty over future of Fota Island Golf Club needs resolution

As a member of Fota Island Golf club I found the recent article on the sale of a city land bank on behalf of Nama very disturbing.

Will the same thing happen to Fota?

The members of the golf club are unsure of what is going on.

The proposed sale was first announced last December with the usual fanfare and publicity in the newspapers; apart from another reference to the impending sale in one of the Sunday papers recently, despite numerous approaches to the appointed auctioneers, we have heard absolutely nothing. In fact, we are led to believe that nothing is happening with regards to the sale.

My concern is will the same thing happen here and the property be snapped up by either the previous owner or another Nama-supported developer without going on the open market?

Or, worse still, will we end up with another Harbour Point which was completely lost to the Cork region as a golfing amenity.

Fota Island hosted two of the most successful Irish Opens in recent times; however, it unlikely as long as it remains under the stewardship of Nama that it will ever again host a major championship.

In the current economic climate can we afford to lose this superb facility to the region, or perhaps it is Government policy to allow this lucrative event to be used in other jurisdictions to attract larger events there?

Like most golf clubs in the country, we have lost members and the ongoing uncertainty over the future of the resort is not exactly conducive to getting new members.

We had local politicians querying the sale of the city land bank after the event.

Will they do the same for Fota before it is too late, and allow the members’ interests to be considered for the benefit of golfing tourism in the region?

Noel Rooney

Cobh

Co Cork


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