Clare county council angers billionaire Donald Trump over Doonbeg
Donald Trump has said that he will hold Clare County Council financially responsible for any income that is lost due to the ‘obstruction’ of his redevelopment of the Doonbeg golf resort. Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf course has been hit by a series of setbacks this year. Tidal waves and microscopic snails have meant the planned development was halted before if even began back in Febuary. Trumps had bought the site for fifteen million but within two weeks had been a stop work order by Clare County Council. They were responding to reports that unauthorised work was being carried out to lesson coastal erosion.
The developers had been acting in response to the thirty feet tidal waves that had hit the coast causing loss of the 14th hole. However their attempts at preventing further damage by bringing in trucks of rock armour didn’t meet the original planning permission granted specifically the protection of an endangered microscopic snail.
The snail in question is known as the narrow-mouth whorl snail or angustior vertigo and is thought to be around since the Ice Age. It habitats in sand dunes on the resort and is protected in Ireland. Since then temporary measures have been put in place by the resort to create a natural barrier to the sea’s damage including the planting of marram grass and interim sand trap fences.
Mr Trump brought “rock armour” on site to strengthen the defences of the Doonbeg golf course against coastal erosion in an attempt to reduce the risk of weather damage to the course following this winter’s storms.
Clare County Council’s parks and wildlife service warned that the use of rock armour “may cause more damage to the site” and that such damage ran the risk of court proceedings. This has lead Trumps solicitors to inform the council that if they try to prevent the armour from being used that their client would be forced to hold them responsible for any resulting damages or lost income.