Friday 23 June 2017

Trump loves Ireland and his Doonbeg hotel, son Eric says

The Doonbeg resort
The Doonbeg resort

Ellie Donnelly

Eric Trump has warned that if the golf course at the Doonbeg resort is lost to the sea then there won’t be a hotel there as he reaffirmed his family's continued commitment to the luxury hotel.

The Trump’s Doonbeg Resort in county Clare has recently run into a number of problems with its plans for coastal defences, with Clare county council requesting more information on the plans. The resort developers have said the request could delay the project by six months.

Speaking to Clare FM Trump Jnr said the delays were frustrating but he understood the need for regulation.

"We have put so much money into the hotel and golf course and made it even better, the community has rallied behind us.

Eric Trump (R) and his wife Lara appear at the star dedication ceremony for radio personality Elvis Duran on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Eric Trump (R) and his wife Lara appear at the star dedication ceremony for radio personality Elvis Duran on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"It is frustrating the delays but we want things done correctly, none wants to see the sea wash the golf course away. Without the golf course you won’t have the hotel. Yes you want to see things happen faster but at the same time I understand process,” he said.

“There is regulation, which is a different thing altogether to process. Everybody would like things to go faster. Do we love waiting? No. Do we feel very confident? Yes, we feel confident. This is such a big part of the local economy,” Trump Jnr said.


Should the coastal protection works get the go-ahead, he confirmed that the owners would implement a €30m investment programme, the Clare Champion reports.

When asked if he had met with Clare county council, Trump Jnr said that he had not met with them, but that their team “meets Clare county council all the time.”

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Mr Trump also said that his father will be a great friend to Ireland during his presidency of the United States.

“My father loves this country, loves this hotel, he loves this place, loves everything this symbolises. I would love him to see this and everything we have accomplished and it would be great to have him here. If he is able to make it here, it would be great to have him," he said.


He said that he hopes president Trump will visit Ireland during the next four years.

Trump Jnr described his father as a great man “who gave up his life to do something good for his country”.

President Trump purchased the Doonbeg resort in February 2014 for a cost of €15m. The resort describes itself as “one of Europe's most distinguished 5-star destinations”.

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