Sunday 25 September 2016

Doonbeg backs Trump in plan for coast barrier

Gordon Deegan

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

Finance Minister Michael Noonan greets Donald Trump on his visit to Ireland in 2014. Photo: PA Wire
Finance Minister Michael Noonan greets Donald Trump on his visit to Ireland in 2014. Photo: PA Wire

Doonbeg is backing Trump - or at least his plan to erect a €10m rock barrier to protect his golf course from coastal erosion.

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Eleven local organisations from all facets of Doonbeg life, and scores more locals, have been making submissions to Clare Co Council in favour of the plan.

The closing date for submissions on the 200,000 tonne 2.8km rock barrier application was on Monday and the council received 112 submissions.

Support for the project is running at two to one with 76 submissions in favour and 36 against.

The figures show that 65 individuals made submissions in favour of the plan. Apart from one objection from a local man, all of the opposition to the rock barrier is from outside Doonbeg with 32 people from other parts of Clare, Limerick, Dublin, Kerry, Tipperary and Sligo.

Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan said the proposal presents a real threat to the sand dunes.

Irish Independent

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