US billionaire Donald Trump has moved to protect his €15m Irish investment from the ravages of global warming.
Ahead of his first visit to his Trump Doonbeg golf resort today, Mr Trump’s Irish firm has lodged plans with Clare County Council to prevent further erosion to his course.
The plans follow over €1m damage caused by major winter storms to the links course that forced the club to abandon two holes, resulting in the club relocating the 5th green and the 14th hole.
Yesterday, Doonbeg locals expressed excitement at the prospect of the colourful businessman touching down in Shannon Airport this morning for his overnight stay in Doonbeg. Local publican Tommy Tubridy said: “We are all on a high at the moment. There is great excitement around and already the club has taken on more staff since Trump purchased it and that is great for the local area.”
Community activist Tommy Comerford said: “Mr Trump’s visit is going to be a short one, but he has big plans for Doonbeg and that is great for all of west Clare. The golf course is looking pristine at the moment.”
In its bid to protect his investment, Mr Trump’s firm, TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd, has lodged plans to put in place three coastal protection works fronting onto the 6th tee box and 13th green, the 14th tee, and the 18th tee.
The golf club’s planning consultants, Town & Country Resources Ltd, have warned the council that the severe storms at the course have resulted in dangerous cliff exposure with steep dune slopes.
In the newly lodged plans just lodged, the consultants state that “a sudden collapse of a section of dune could cause serious injury or even fatality”.
In its letter, Town & Country Resources Ltd state that the Trump company “has been left with three areas of major concern — a dangerous health and safety situation with crumbling dune faces; a danger of ongoing erosion with further severe losses; and a golf course of international reputation with significant damage to a number of holes”.
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