Friday, December 22, 2017

Donald Trump's Ireland golf course gets green light for sea wall despite local objections

Irish officialdom has given the green light for a company owned by US President Donald Trump to build a scaled-down sea wall at its golf course in the west of Ireland that environmental groups say could damage protected wildlife habitats.
The Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg, owned by the Trump Organisation, received permission to build two sea barriers of 630m and 260m in length, Clare County officials said, a year after they rejected plans for a much larger 2.8km wall.
Residents and environmental groups are objecting, saying the wall - which is designed to protect the golf course from coastal erosion - could alter the coastline at other points and harm wildlife.
"It's disappointing. They should be altering the golf course, not the coastline," said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
He said he would be surprised if the decision is not appealed.
Trump has spent $US330 million buying golf courses and land to develop since he began investing in golf in 1997.



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