Sunday 22 April 2018

Trump's Doonbeg barrier plan hits new snag

Donald Trump. REUTERS/David Becker
Donald Trump. REUTERS/David Becker

Gordon Deegan

Donald Trump's controversial €10m rock barrier plan for his Doonbeg golf links resort has received yet another setback.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has stated that the case has not been made by the applicants, TIGL Enterprises Ireland Ltd, that the 2.8km, 200,000-tonne rock barrier is warranted.

The department has also questioned the validity of the Trump company's claims on future erosion at the site.

In its submission to Clare County Council, the department said it can't be ruled out that the proposal will result in adverse effects on the integrity of at least one EU-protected site at Doonbeg.

Consultants acting for Trump have warned that if the US billionaire and presidential hopeful doesn't secure planning for the rock 'berm' to protect the resort, it risks closure. The application area of the Trump plan is located adjacent to an EU-designated Special Area of Conservation, Carrowmore Dunes.

The site is designated due to three different dune types and the protected Vertigo Angustior, a 2mm snail.

The application has received support in the local Doonbeg community. However, An Taisce, Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), the Save Doughmore Beach Protection Group, surfer groups and over 30 individuals living near Doonbeg have objected to the plan. In its 10-page submission, the department states "the key concern ... is the likely effects of the proposed development on the dunes and their area and structure and function in the long term". A decision is due next month.

Irish Independent

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