Trump moves to protect his €15m Irish investment ahead of visit

Billionaire to halt erosion at Doonbeg links

 Donald Trump:  his Irish firm, Ireland Enterprises Ltd has lodged plans to create three separate coastal protection works fronting onto the 6th tee box and 13th green; the 14th tee and the 18th tee. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Donald Trump: his Irish firm, Ireland Enterprises Ltd has lodged plans to create three separate coastal protection works fronting onto the 6th tee box and 13th green; the 14th tee and the 18th tee. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

 


US billionaire Donald Trump has moved to protect his €15 million Irish investment from the ravages of global warming.

Ahead of his first visit to his Doonbeg golf resort today, Trump’s Irish firm has lodged plans with Clare County Council to halt further coastal erosion to his course.

The plans follow over €1 million worth of damage caused by winter storms to the course that forced the club to abandon two holes, relocating the 5th green and the 14th hole.

In its bid to protect his investment, Mr Trump’s Irish firm, Ireland Enterprises Ltd has lodged plans to create three separate coastal protection works fronting onto the 6th tee box and 13th green; the 14th tee and the 18th tee.

The club’s planning consultants, Town & Country Resources Ltd have warned the council the storms resulted in dangerous cliff exposure with steep dune slopes.

In the plans just lodged, the consultants state that “a sudden collapse of a section of dune could cause serious injury or even fatality”.

A decision is due on the planning application next month and the golf club state that a more comprehensive plan for coastal protection will be lodged later this year.