The CEO of the proposed new Westport House and Estate development project, Tim Husbands, has resigned from the company to return to mainstream tourism, where previously he was CEO of Titanic Belfast.
Mr Husbands cited delays in the advancement of the project , as the reason for his departure.
In a statement he said the delays have resulted in a longer lead-in period than had initially been predicted.
He says he has completed as much preparatory work as possible, and the time is right for him to seek more immediate opportunities within the wider tourism industry here in Ireland.
Adding that the Westport House and Estate Project is in the very best of hands with the Hughes family and their senior management team. The Estate, he says, is primed to become the leading leisure and business destination in the West of Ireland.
The Hughes family say they are indebted to Tim for his hugely valuable strategic input on the project at such a crucial stage. Unfortunately , they say, project delays are part and parcel of life when undertaking significant renovations on an Estate that is steeped in history and heritage.
They will begin a fresh recruitment process for a CEO immediately.