Controversial Coastal Protection Works At Trump Doonbeg Rejected By Planning Authority

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Plans for coastal protection works at Trump’s Doonbeg Hotel and Golf Resort have been rejected.

Clare County Council gave the controversial works at Doughmore Beach the green light in 2017, but the decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanala.


The application on behalf of TIGL Enterprises sought permission to erect two structures at either end of Doughmore Beach, which is adjacent to the golf course.

Totaling 850m in length, these were to be made up of re-enforced sheet piling, covered with sand and cobbles and ‘screened from view.’

In December 2017, Clare County Council gave the controversial project the green light, subject to nine conditions, but this was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

Now, the planning authority has overturned the local authority’s decision, on the basis of the submissions made, including the Natura Impact Statement and an assessment carried out by the planning inspector.

The Board says it isn’t satisfied that that the proposed development would not result in adverse effects on on the physical structure, functionality, and sediment supply of dune habitat within the Carrowmore Dunes Special Area of Conservation.

A spokesperson for Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg, which is one of West Clare’s largest employers, has told Clare FM that they are “very disappointed with the decision” and will now “consider their options”.

You can hear more on this on tomorrow’s edition of Morning Focus from 9am.