Wednesday 17 January 2018

Eric Trump warns: The lights 'get turned off' at Doonbeg if part of it falls into the sea

Eric Trump, pictured at Doonbeg Photo: Arthur Ellis
Eric Trump, pictured at Doonbeg Photo: Arthur Ellis

Gordon Deegan

THE family of US president Donald Trump will put "a lot of money" into Doonbeg golf course - if a new project gets planning permission.

However Mr Trump's son, Eric, warned "the lights get turned off" if part of the property falls into the sea.

Eric Trump also believes his father is showing "real back-bone and real leadership" to the rest of the world.

He said: "You have seen what has happened in Syria which was the worst atrocity that you can ever imagine - innocent women and children being gassed by an awful dictator."

Eric Trump said that his father was ensuring that the US was "standing up for principles of a civilised world and coming forward as a major superpower to make sure that those atrocities don't continue".

In an interview with Gavin Grace on Clare FM's 'Morning Focus' show, Eric Trump said: "I think he is going to be judged in an amazing way.

Doonbeg Lodge, with Donald Trump (inset). Composite Image (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Doonbeg Lodge, with Donald Trump (inset). Composite Image (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

"He is an amazing man. He has been the greatest father in the world to me.

"He is a great guy who is doing an amazing job for the United States."

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In an interview that took place at the Trump Doonbeg resort in west Clare, Eric Trump said that his father "is a guy who loves this property, he loves Ireland, he loves everything about it and he is stuck with the most difficult job in the world".

He said: "We bought this property together.

"We did all the renovation and a lot of blood, sweat and tears have made this property something special and you are seeing the final result now."

Trump Doonbeg has an application before the council for a scaled-down version of a coastal protection plan that was withdrawn by the golf club last year.

"The process is going to yield a really great result," Eric said. "Everyone wants to see the golf course at Doonbeg remain incredibly vibrant because no one wants to see the sea wash it away because, without a golf course, you don't have a hotel.

"If a certain part of the property is destroyed, you don't have a viable hotel and the lights get turned off, and I think people realise that," he added.

"Of course, you want to see things happen faster, and at the same time I understand process and I think we are going to do very, very well in the process and especially because the community is 100pc behind the efforts."

Eric said the resort was the lifeblood of hundreds of employees, who he called extensions of his family.

He said the employees were "amazing people", who rely on the property "every single day" for jobs.

Eric Trump added: "He always loved it, he loved the warmth, he loved the atmosphere, he loves Ireland in general.

"From a big picture standpoint, Ireland will have no better ally in the world than America, it has always been that way, but even more so."

Eric Trump said that his father "gave up his life to do something incredible for his country. He has made real sacrifices to do what he has done - not many people in his position would do the same thing".

He said: "My father loves the US and he was sick of the direction that it was going quite frankly, which is a reason he stepped up to the plate and won."

Eric said that his father stood for president at a time when "the jobs were going overseas, median income was not increasing, an educational system that was depleted, a military that was depleted, a lack of leadership that we were exhibiting around the world".

Irish Independent

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