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A general view of the erosion at Doughmore beach adjacent to Doonbeg Golf course. Photograph by John kelly.

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.

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