Friday 6 December 2019

Anger grows against Donald's 'other' wall

U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Allison Bray

Environmentalists from around the world have stepped up their campaign against Donald Trump's proposed wall.

But it's not the American president's plan to build a 1,600km wall along the border with Mexico that has them up in arms.

Instead, a global organisation called Save the Waves is opposed to plans by Trump International Golf Links, which owns a luxury hotel and golf course at Doonbeg, Co Clare, to build a wall to protect the seaside resort from tidal erosion. It initially proposed building a 2.8km wall along a stretch of Doughmore Beach but the plan was rejected by Clare County Council.

But opponents say a revised plan still involves constructing two walls measuring 850 metres which they claim will accelerate erosion and "set a precedent for a much bigger erosion protection scheme and represents the same long-term threat to the ecology and pristine coastal environment as the original".

They are urging opponents to lodge objections by the deadline of February 3.

Hotel management was unavailable for comment.

Irish Independent

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