Friday 24 May 2019

Doonbeg drive: Trump firm pushes back on objections to coastal plan

It comes as US President Donald Trump is tipped to visit the resort in June
It comes as US President Donald Trump is tipped to visit the resort in June

Gordon Deegan

The Trump Doonbeg resort has hit back at opponents of plans by the golf course to put in place coastal protection works to safeguard the future of the course.

It comes as US President Donald Trump is tipped to visit the resort in June.

The strong rebuttal by the Trump firm Trump International Golf Links Ireland Enterprises is contained in two large submissions lodged with An Bord Pleanála. In 2017, Clare County Council gave the Trump firm the go-ahead to put 38,000 tonnes of rock in front of the course at Doughmore beach.

The decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a number of parties including An Taisce.

Now, in response documents by TIGL Enterprise made available by the appeals board, the Trump firm hit out at the various appeals lodged.

In its rebuttal, TIGL says that An Taisce and the other appellants appear to not appreciate how the dune system at Doughmore Bay is actually functioning.

The firm said: "This misunderstanding is behind much of the opinion in the An Taisce appeal."

It added that it has put in place a managed retreat of the golf course comprising of works from 2014 to holes 1, 6, 9, 14 and 18. TIGL say that "moving built property and road infrastructure is not feasible".

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