Monday 1 May 2017

Scaled-down rock barrier plan for Trump's Doonbeg resort gets even more objections

Trump’s hotel in Doonbeg
Trump’s hotel in Doonbeg

Gordon Deegan

More objections have been lodged against the new scaled-down Trump rock barrier planned for Doonbeg golf links resort in west Clare than were made against the much larger €10m, 200,000-tonne barrier plan last year.

In the new plan, the Trump-owned resort is seeking planning permission to put in place a 49,400-tonne rock barrier to protect holes at the course "as a matter of urgency".

Last December, the Trump resort withdrew its original plan in the face of the strong opposition to the proposal and the raft of further information demanded by Clare County Council on the plan.

The strength of opposition had the resort fearing that it would have taken years for the plan to get the green light.

However, the resort would not have bargained for the scaled-down plan attracting even more opposition, with the council due to make a decision on it this week.

The stakes remain high for the scaled-down plan to succeed with Trump consultants warning a failure to put in place coastal defences for the golf course will bring the entire viability of the resort into question.

However, the Department of Arts and Heritage has intervened to express fresh concerns over the new plan, stating the proposal has not been justified.

The council is expected to seek further information on the new plan and will base much of its demand for further information on the Department of Arts and Heritage submission.

The previous plan - which was planned to stretch 2.8km - attracted 39 objections and the new plan, in spite of being much shorter at 883 metres and covering two parts of the course, has attracted marginally more at 40 objections. The previous plan attracted 75 submissions in support but only a handful of submissions have been lodged in support of the new application.

Those who object to the new plan include Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), the Irish Surfing Association (ISA), the Save the Waves Coalition, the Doonbeg Doughmore Beach Community Protection Group and Green party leader, Eamon Ryan TD.

One of the objections includes a 40-page submission from An Taisce.

US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka have resigned as directors of the Doonbeg golf resort firm with sons Eric and Donald Jnr being the remaining Trumps on the board.

The Trump organisation purchased the resort for a knock down €15m in February 2014 and have since invested €25m into the resort.

Irish Independent

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