Donald Trump, and his hotel company ‘Trump International Golf Links’ are seeking planning permission to build a 2.8 kilometre ing 15 foot high seawall to protect his private Trump Golf Resort at Doughmore.
The wall would consist of 200,000 tons of rock dumped on a sensitive coastal sand dune system that over looks one of western Irelands most consistent beach breaks. Save the Waves say “Construction would destroy the valuable sand dune habitat, restrict public access to the beach, negatively impact the quality of the surfing waves, and ultimately result in beach loss.”
The Carrowmore Dunes are a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ by the European Union Special Habitats Directive with 31 acres of pristine sand dunes legally protected.
Save the Waves say “The sand dunes play a critically important role for Doughmore Beach as they contribute the sand supply for the wide, popular beach and nourish the offshore sandbars that make Doughmore Beach a consistently fun surf spot.
“Building a 2.8 km, 15 foot tall seawall at the foot of the sand dunes will unquestionably disrupt the natural process and lead to the dunes’ demise. Over time this will starve the beach of needed sand, negatively impact the surf quality, and ultimately lead to the disappearance of the popular public beach. Public access to the beach will also be severely restricted.
Planning has gone to Clare County Councillors who have asked the company to provide further information.
A petition against the proposal has now reached over 50,000 signatures. You can help buy signing here