Tuesday 30 May 2017

Irish man suing Donald Trump for €14k over the proposed wall around Doonbeg Golf Club

John Vianney Lennon outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan
John Vianney Lennon outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

A Cork man is suing US President Donald Trump for "wasting his time" over the proposed wall around Doonbeg Golf Club in Co Clare.

Civil engineer John Lennon told the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s Red FM that he's suing Donald Trump for over €14,000.

He has filed the law suit for costs attached to a planning application for the proposed wall.

"Trump owns a golf club down in Doonbeg, Co Clare and the front of it goes along the most beautiful beach. He decided to protect it by putting a wall on the beach four metres high and 20 metres thick for the entire length of the beach. To keep the sea away.

"I objected under the planning act to Clare County Council and they wrote to Trump looking for further information. A very fine request, very complex and he had six months to answer," Mr Lennon told Neil Prendeville.

During Thanksgiving, Mr Lennon staged a one-man protest outside Trump Tower in protest with a sign saying "no wall in Doonbeg, Ireland".

"Trump withdrew his application. He deprived the county council of the opportunity to determine an issue of what is of public importance. You're free to issue legal proceedings and to withdraw them but if you do you're caught for costs.

"So I said you wasted my time and I sent him a bill which came to a total of €14,095."

Mr Lennon said that if Trump doesn't pay, he'll "go to court and sue him".

"Myself and the President of Mexico have a lot in common when it comes to walls.

"I expect nothing to come from Trump in the coming weeks but I will continue on with my judgement. Someone will have to enter defence for him. We will wait and see."

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