Donald Trump plans to build 200,000 tonne wall on Irish coast
American billionaire and Presidential hopeful Donald Trump plans to build a 200,000 tonne wall on the west coast of Ireland.
Trump is said to want to build the wall to protect his golf course which is located on Co Clare’s Atlantic coast.
Trump had previously promised to invest €45million into his luxury Doonbeg golf resort. However, he is now saying that this won’t happen unless he is granted permission to build a 2.8km wall at Doughmore beach.
It will coast around €10m and will use 200,000 tonnes of large boulders.
The resort has suffered from significant erosion in the last two winters and lost ground at its 6th, 9th and 10th holes due to the storms. Up to 10 meters of dune along the beach was eroded.
The resort is worried that as much as 100 metres of ground could be lost by the year 2050 if coastal protection works are not put in place.
The resort is planning an expansion of facilities which will include a banquet hall, leisure facilities and additional accommodation.
It is currently holding a public exhibition of its plans at the community hall in Doonbeg to allow locals to see what could be in store.
However, it all hinges on whether they get permission to build the wall to protect it from the extreme winter conditions.
The plans state that the wall will not interfere with the dune face. It will be around four to five metres in height which is no taller than the existing cobble bank that faces the beach.
The club hope that construction will begin next summer.