Donald Trump gets to build his wall at Irish golf course
Dec 24 2017
The work will involve putting in sea defences to protect the first, ninth and 18th holes of the course covering about 600m at the south end of Doughmore Bay and 250m at the north end.
And protests groups have pledged to fight the wall, including the Irish National Trust (An Taisce), Friends of the Irish Environment and West Coast Surf Club. A Trump golf course in Ireland has had its application to build a seawall approved by authorities in the country after years of erosion, reports have said.
"This decision demonstrates the council's commitment to support local business and protect the economic future of the region", Joe Russell, general manager of Trump Doonbeg, said, Breaking News reported. Objectors may appeal the decision within a month.
"They interrupt the natural evolution of the beach. Building a barrier in the middle of the beach is going to change the whole way the dune system works", Ryan said in a statement.
The new works would not be visible, being covered by sand and a cobble bank which backs the beach, Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg, said a year ago. "We very much understand that there are a lot of local jobs involved from the golf course, but we believe that they could be protected by working with nature, rather than trying to control the natural system".
The initial development plan was thwarted by the environmental group Save the Waves after it collected 100,000 signatures to hinder Trump's mission. The resort sea walls approved by the local council in Clare consist of two lower, hidden sea walls; one will be 2,000 feet long and the other 840 feet long.
US President Donald Trump has been given the go-ahead to build a coastal wall at his golf resort in Doonbeg.
The leader of the Irish Green Party, Eamon Ryan, who objected to the application, said the party was disappointed in the decision and would consider filing an appeal.
The resort management will also have to closely watch the impact of the wall on beach users, the Carrowmore dune system and the plants and animals in the area.