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Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo: ‘Give us a plan or a target so I can give my team, guests, suppliers and owners some hope.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Niall Rochford, general manager of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo: ‘Give us a plan or a target so I can give my team, guests, suppliers and owners some hope.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For a decade, Niall Rochford has been in charge at Ashford Castle, dealing with countless tricky situations with the grace and mild-mannered diplomacy expected from someone leading one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels.

But even Rochford, the general manager of the Cong, Co Mayo hotel, is struggling to contain his frustration these dark days. “Without a roadmap, one that we all know may change, it is very difficult,” he tells The Irish Times.

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