Tuesday 20 February 2018

Donald Trump eyes up more properties in Ireland

Doonbeg Resort, which has been bought by Donald Trump
Doonbeg Resort, which has been bought by Donald Trump
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

THE Trump family are eying up more properties in Ireland as they teed off investment in Doonbeg Golf Club.

Donald Trump Jr said that he plans to speak to staff today to outline their plans for the new Trump International Golf Links Ireland in the Clare resort.

And he indicated that the billionaire property mogul family are continuing to view new potential in the country.

Trump Jr said that he personally sourced out Doonbeg and returned to his father – businessman Donald Trump – and impressed on him the need to buy it.

“It was a very special place. I was actually travelling all over Ireland about two summers ago and looking at a lot of properties,” he said.

“It is a place we have had great interest in for quite some time. I saw about two dozen properties and this was the last one I saw on my extensive list around the country.

“I remember going back to my father and saying this is the one that’s ‘most Trump’ so to speak. The facilities, the people, the course, the location.

“It was just an incredibly well done place, a real standout, something that was a truly great aspect.

Trump Jr said that they anticipate doing very little to the facility as it stands.

“Whenever we do something we will put on some finishing touches but this is a rare exception to our general principal which is come in and build up something from the ground,” he said.

“This is a gem that we are already buying as a gem, that is pretty incredible. I’m sure we will put on some finishing touches.”

“The existing team has done a phenomenal job, so we are going to tweak and add our little touches but most of that will remain the same.”

Donald Trump has shifted his focus to Ireland after losing a court battle in Scotland over wind farm developments at Aberdeen Bay. 

And his son said that they are open to more investment here as they don’t believe they will have the “same issues that we have seen in Scotland”.

“We are looking forward to it, so far we have been welcomed with open arms,” Trump Jr said.

“We are always looking. This will not be the last deal that we will look at in Ireland. “People have shown and will continue to show potential deals in the marketplace.

“I think given the welcome that we have received thus far, we look forward to doing a lot more in the market.”

Speaking yesterday in Scotland, Donald Trump said he will focus his efforts on developing the 400-acre site to “the highest standards of luxury”.

The resort has already attracted a number of celebrities, including former US senator and architect of the Northern peace process George Mitchell, TV’s Terry Wogan and Corrs singer Andrea Corr, who married her billionaire husband Brett Desmond there in 2009. 

Mr Trump vowed to transform the site to one of super luxury.

“Doonbeg is an already terrific property that we will make even better. It will soon be an unparalleled resort destination with the highest standards of luxury,” he said.

The resort features 218 hotel suites, a spa and several restaurants which will now be managed by Trump Hotel Collection.

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