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Trump’s plans hit the wall as application for Doonbeg barrier ‘scrapped’


Donald Trump’s proposed plans for a sea wall at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Co Clare have been scrapped.

Clare County Council has confirmed that the application for the 2.8km wall at the Doonbeg resort has been withdrawn.  

The US President-elect had proposed building the wall along a public beach to protect the golf resort from coastal damage.

However, at the opening of the Public Consultation on revised plans for Donald Trump’s coastal defences at Doonbeg, which was held on Monday night, new plans were put on public display that showed that permission to construct a continuous 2.8 kilometre wall has been abandoned.

The wall would have been approximately 4.5 metres in height and built from rock.

A new planning permission is to be submitted shortly which will propose sheet metal piling and rock armour for 650 metres at one end and 200 metres at the other end of the dune system.

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) Director Tony Lowes said: “There is no doubt the original proposal would have stopped the development of the dune system and scoured the beach, leading to a loss of one of the finest amenities on the west coast.

“While the sense of relief today is enormous – as is our gratitude to the international community- the current proposal will require detailed analysis in terms of the Conservation Objectives – and the impact on the protected snail – before we can comment on it.”

Save the Waves, an organisation which seeks to protect coastal ecosystems around the world, called it a ‘good news story’.

It sponsored a petition that now has more than 100,000 signatures opposed to the original wall.

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