Council Gives Green Light For Trump Doonbeg

Elias Hubbard
December 22, 2017

Ireland has given the green light for a company owned by Donald Trump to build a scaled-down sea wall at its golf course in the west of Ireland that environmental groups say could damage protected wildlife habitats.

"We believe that the public may not be aware that, in effect, the proposed work at Doonbeg Golf course project hasn't really changed and still involves beach-destroying seawalls", four worldwide experts wrote in the Clare Champion in January.

The decision is subject to nine planning conditions, which include the payment of two separate planning conditions totalling €265,231.

Commenting on the decision, Joe Russell, general manager at the hotel and golf resort said, "This decision demonstrates the council's commitment to support local business and protect the economic future of the region".

"Trump Doonbeg will continue to engage with all stakeholders throughout the construction process".

The developer also has to pay two contributions to the council - one amounting to €25,231 to look after public infrastructure and facilities and another "Special Development Contribution" of €240,000 for roads and footpath facilities which the council has deemed necessary to facilitate development at the site.

Most of the work, known as revetment, will take place on the beach about 12m seaward from where the dunes now stop. The defence would be invisible and covered by sand and a cobble bank at the back of the beach.

The original application cited global warming and rising seas as justification for the wall.

Last year, controversial plans for a 4.5m high rock wall, running 2.8km along the beach, were abandoned in favour of the revised proposal.

The dune system is also home to the microscopic narrow-mouth whorl snail, or vertigo angustior, which has survived since the Ice Age.

Eric Trump, son of the president, said earlier this year: "Everyone wants to see the golf course at Doonbeg remain incredibly vibrant, because no one wants to see the sea wash it away - because without a golf course you don't have a hotel". He said he would be surprised if the decision is not appealed.

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