Trump Is Building a Wall to Protect His Golf Course in Ireland
President Trump is finally getting the wall he’s always wanted to build — not along the U.S.-Mexico border, but on his golf course in Ireland.
The Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonbeg, one of several golf courses owned by President Trump, was given the green light to build two low, concealed sea walls, 2,000 feet long and 840 feet long, on the country’s Western coast to prevent storm waters from eroding three holes of his course.
Trump is trying to build a sea wall designed to protect his golf course from global warming and its effects. Politico reviewed an application last year that justified the wall because of erosion from changing weather.
Trump and his company have been passing out brochures with a “Trump Doonbeg” logo with the title “Need for Coastal Protection.” One page in the brochure lists four main bullet points, the last of which says, “Predicted sea level rise and more frequent storm events will increase the rate of erosion throughout the 21st century.”
Indeed this seems like an outstanding problem for Trump. His investment into buying the course in 2014 needs to be protected from mother nature before his course is completed eroded. It makes sense to build a wall to protect it, but not everyone is in favor of this.
There was a public outcry among environmentalists and wildlife experts, who are seriously concerned that the walls could damage protected wildlife areas. The barriers could also alter tidal movement and cause water to flow into residents properties in the surrounding areas.
Ireland’s Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan tweeted his disappointment, saying the walls will “interfere with the natural circulation of the dune system.”
A petition started by the environmentalist group “Save the Waves” received over 100,000 signatures, but it didn’t stop the modified walls from passing through the council.
The golf club said that not building the wall would result in a loss of jobs and perhaps the closure of the resort, with a “permanent and profound negative economic impact upon Doonbeg.”
President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, said earlier this year: “Everyone wants to see the golf course at Doonbeg remain incredibly vibrant, because no one wants to see the sea wash it away – because without a golf course you don’t have a hotel.”