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Police watch over vision of golden riches in Northern Ireland

Investment has been limited by three decades of political violence that culminated in a 1998 bombing, killing 29

Plans call for Dalradian to produce 194,000 ounces annually in the first five years of operations, and 149,000 ounces for another 13 years.

Curraghinalt, Northern Ireland

THE explosives for the mine arrived with a police escort.

An hour after more than 30 blasts shook the Curraghinalt mine in Northern Ireland, dust still hung in the air. Through the haze, among the collapsed rock, were glints of gold. That's the prize