The Taoiseach explains how he got a surprise call from Donald Trump a few years ago pic.twitter.com/VBluzmdI2s
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 15, 2018
From top: Leo Varadkar with US president Donald Trump at The White House yesterday and above at an earlier lunch in the Capitol Hill building where he revealed his efforts to help prevent a wind farm being built near the Trump golf course in Doonbeg, County Clare
Mr Varadkar said that about three or four years ago, when he was minister for tourism, he received a call from Mr Trump who said he had a “problem” near Doonbeg, that somebody was trying to build a wind farm that would “impact on tourism”.
The Taoiseach said he initially thought the call was “a pisstake by one of my staff members” as he thought a businessman like Mr Trump would write a letter first to set up a meeting.
“But, as we all know, President Trump does work like that. He is a very direct man, likes to get things done,…
“…So I endeavoured to do what I could do about it and I rang the county council and inquired about the planning permission and subsequently the planning permission was declined and the wind farm was never built.
The Clare Champion, September 14, 2014
Clare Coastal Wind Power wanted to build a nine turbine wind farm, 4km from Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg.
In a statement, Clare Coastal Wind Power Director Michael Clohessy said the company was “disappointed” at the admission.
Mr Clohessy said the company had at all times acted with integrity and in good faith but it now appeared that it was not a level playing field.
Clare Coastal Wind Power said it will be reviewing this situation over the coming days.
Clare County Council release the following statement…
“The planning application was received on 15th August 2014. All representations, objections and observations made in relation to this and all other planning applications are available to view on planning file and the Clare County Council website.
“There is no representation by Leo Varadkar, the then Minister for Tourism and Sport, or any elected member on this planning file. The decision on 8th October 2014 by Clare County Council to refuse this planning application was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanala. Following consideration of the appeal, An Bord Pleanala upheld the decision by Clare County Council and refused permission for the proposed development.”
An Bord Planala was set up for this reason, to stop central Government from meddling but @FineGael are above anything like that. Rules don’t apply, they can ride roughshod over an entire nation for 7 years using austerity as their excuse for giving their rich friends a dig out!
— HelenO’Toole (@HelenOT60) March 16, 2018
“I’m with stupid“.
An overawed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is greeted at the White House by US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump.