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Doonbeg makes Washington Post headlines

ONE of the world’s leading newspapers has cited US President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful attempts to build a coastal defence barrier at his Doonbeg golf resort as a major influence in forming his approach towards the European Union. Washington Post writer Griff Witte has written, “For a man who loves to win, the defeat, just a month after his election as president, has left a bitter taste. And despite the motley nature of the resistance, Trump seems to have singled out a lone culprit: the European Union, whose rules and regulations underpinned many of the objections.” The article was headlined Trump tried and failed to build a wall in Ireland. That could mean big trouble for Europe. Last December, in a joint interview with The Times of London and German newspaper Bild, President Trump said that Doonbeg was a “magnificent property” but added, “Now, I couldn’t care less about it.” He made his comment in the context of his frustrations with …

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Trump resigns as director of Doonbeg Golf resort

Donald Trump has resigned as director of the companies behind his golf resort and hotel in Doonbeg. Submissions to the Companies Registration Office show that Mr Trump stepped down as a director of the two companies which operated Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg on January 19, a day before his inauguration as US President. TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Ireland Management Ltd, which are behind the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, continue to list Mr Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr as directors. The move follows a pledge by Mr Trump to resign all of his directorships in order to avoid any conflict of interest as US President. The Doonbeg resort was acquired by Mr Trump in 2014 for around €8.7million. It was valued at €23 million by the businessman just one year later in financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. Newly filed accounts show that the company incurred a …

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Doonbeg locals are ‘fond’ of Trump

AHEAD of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Doonbeg parish priest Fr Joe Haugh has offered his unequivocial backing to the New York-based billionaire. In a joint interview with The Times [UK] and German newspaper Bild, US President-elect Trump said Doonbeg was a “magnificent property” but added that “now, I couldn’t care less about it”. He made his comment in the context of his frustrations with EU bureaucracy. “They were using environmental tricks to stop a project from being built. I found it to be a very unpleasant experience. To get the approvals from the EU would have taken years. I don’t think that’s good for a country like Ireland,” he commented. However, Fr Haugh insists that Mr Trump’s comments were not demeaning towards his business in West Clare. “Doonbeg is now out of his agenda. He has to concentrate on the USA. That’s what he means. He’s not downgrading Doonbeg or anything. …

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Deadline looming for Trump’s wall plan

WHILE much focus has been on whether US President Elect Donald Trump will progress with his pre-election promise to build a wall between Mexico and the US, he has until the end of 2016 to respond to Clare County Council’s demand for more information on his proposed Doonbeg wall. Following extensive flooding, significant repair work had to be carried out at the golf course in Doonbeg, which was re-opened last May. “The proposed rock berm is the subject of a planning application to Clare County Council by TIGL Enterprises Ireland Ltd. A request for further information has been issued to the applicant, which has until December 31 to reply. In the meantime, Clare County Council is not in a position to make any comment on the proposed development while the application process is ongoing,” the local authority said on Wednesday. On a visit to Doonbeg last May, to mark the re-opening of the course, Donald Trump’s son, Eric, told The …

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Council delay decision on Trump’s Doonbeg wall

IN a statement issued late on Friday afternoon, Clare County Council said that “further information is being sought” in relation to proposed coastal erosion management works at Doughmore Beach, next to Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg. The planning application from Trump Doonbeg, to build a 2.8km, 200,000 tonne limestone wall was submitted on May 10 and a decision was due next Monday. In their statement, Clare County Council did not say when a decision on the planning application will now be made. Clare County Council received 112 submissions by the June 13 submission deadline relating to the proposed construction of the coastal erosion works. Approximately 67% of the submissions backed the proposal which Eric Trump claimed, on a visit to Doonbeg on May 15, was necessary if the business in West Clare is to survive. A total of 76 of the submissions favoured the development while submissions from the Green Party and An Taisce opposed the plan. Peter O’Connell …

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Trump protest ready for ‘unlikely visit’

A SPOKESPERSON for Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg has told The Clare Champion that a weekend visit from presumptive US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is “unlikely”. The owner of the West Clare golfing resort said two weeks ago that he was going to stop off in Doonbeg, following a three-day visit to Scotland, which will coincide with the re-opening of Trump Turnberry. He purchased that business in 2014 and has since renovated it, at an estimated cost of €250m. Trump purchased Doonbeg, which was in receivership at the time, in early 2014. He is also expected to visit another of his Scottish golf properties in Aberdeen this week. ‘Trump Not Welcome’ campaigners, opposed to a potential visit to Ireland by the billionaire businessman, held a press conference in Dublin on Wednesday to announce details of a protest, should the New Yorker announce a last-minute visit while on his trip to the UK. “The message is that if he …

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Submission on Doonbeg coastal management

AN Taisce has made a submission to Clare County Council in respect of a planning application for coastal erosion management works at Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg. The applicants are Trump International Golf Links Ireland Enterprises Ltd, headed up by business tycoon, Donald Trump, who will be the Republican Party candidate in the US presidential election in November. He is due to visit Doonbeg on Sunday, June 24. Commenting on the submission, Fintan Kelly, An Taisce’s Natural Heritage Officer, stated, “The solution being put forward by Trump International Golf Links Ltd is in our opinion inappropriate, completely unsustainable and outdated. The conservation of sand dunes in the Netherlands, USA and UK have proven themselves to be more cost effective than hard coastal protection works and are supplying valued biodiversity and ecosystem services to local communities.” “Given the vast sums of money Donald Trump is claiming he will invest in Doonbeg Golf …

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Doonbeg Awaits Donald Trump’s Return

There’s a huge level of excitement in Doonbeg today (Friday) after the announcement that Donald Trump is to make another visit there, this time round as the presumptive Republican nominee for the US presidential election. On Twitter, he said that he will travel to Ireland later this month to visit his golf resort at Doonbeg in after visiting his courses in Scotland. The US billionaire told his eight million followers last night that he would leave for Scotland on June 22, visiting his resorts in Turnberry and Aberdeen before travelling to Ireland. He plans to return to the United States on June 25. “After @TrumpScotland, I will visit @TrumpDoonbeg in Ireland, the magnificent resort fronting on the Atlantic Ocean,” he tweeted. Mr Trump’s visit to Ireland will overlap with that of US Vice President Joe Biden, who will here from from June 21 to 26. It will be his first overseas trip since he became the expected Republican nominee after …

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