An Taisce Insists Trump Doonbeg Must Re-Design Golf Course

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An Taisce is urging Trump Doonbeg to consider re-designing its golf course, instead of pushing ahead with its application for coastal protection works.

The organisation is concerned about the environmental impact, but a local campaign group is adamant that it must go ahead.


In just over two weeks time, Trump Doonbeg will learn the fate of its coastal protection works.

The proposed works would see a 256 metre barrier, made largely of rock armour, stretch out along the west of the golf course, and would be screened from view when completed.

However, An Taisce insists if the project goes ahead as proposed, it would have a major negative impact on the natural habitats and species on the coast.

Advocacy officer with An Taisce Ian Lumley says ecological advice must be taken on board.

However, a local campaign group is again urging the local authority to press ahead with the plans.

The majority of listeners who contacted Clare FM’s Morning Focus on this issue, following on from today’s discussion, support the works as planned and argued that the concerns of locals, and of people working in the area, should outweigh environmental concerns.

Liam Ryan from the Doughmore Coastal Protection Group insists the people on the ground should be heard.

An Taisce says it has also written to the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to outline their concerns, ahead of Clare County Council’s decision by December 20th.