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Doughmore beach, Co Clare

It’s a classic Mexican stand down.

Bloomberg reports:

US President-elect Donald Trump withdrew an application to build a sea wall aimed at protecting his golf resort in Ireland, the latest twist in a project that had stoked tensions in a tiny village on the Atlantic coast.

Clare County Council, the Irish municipality, said on its website that Trump’s company shelved plans to construct defenses about 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) long at his golf resort close to the village of Doonbeg. The plan was submitted on behalf of Trump in May, and spokesman for the authority confirmed it had been withdrawn.

The planned sea barrier may now be replaced with a scaled-down version, Friends of the Irish Environment, which opposed the wall, said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

Trump Scraps Plan for One of His Walls After Golf Row in Ireland (Bloomberg)

Pic: Save Doughmore/Doonbeg Beach (Facebook)


Behold Broadstone Station, Dublin 7.

Erstwhile terminus of the MGW Railway.

Expectant gateway to the new Dublin Institute of Technology.

Neoclassical welcome to Phibsborough.

Now Look at it…


Ah here.

The Scarlet Phibsbernel writes…

Recently, the Luas Cross City project team have seen fit to erect a dirty great concrete wall in front of John Skipton Mulvany’s 1850 masterpiece, which conceals the lower floor of the façade from the street. In disbelief, the community have woken to the fact that the wall is not a temporary necessity due to the on-going tram works – but is intended to permanently hide this much loved building……

The retaining wall’s height is made excessive by a tall surmounting concrete parapet, which – we are told – is necessary if CIE staff are to be able to park their cars in front of this important and very rare piece of Egypt-inspired architecture…Locals have started an online petition, leading to a demonstration planned for Nov 19th.

Persons who appreciate beauty in stone, as well as those despising cack-handed planning are invited to support a neighbourhood which has both in spades.


UPDATE: Bus Éireann’s Nicola Cooke writes:

I’m the Bus Éireann Media & PR Manager and you have incorrectly stated that a wall built by Luas Cross City is for CIE staff to park their cars behind. This is incorrect. No staff cars are parked there, nor will they be in the future. It is also our understanding that when finished, this part of the project will be some sort of a green area with trees, or it will be pebbled.


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From top: Doughmore beach in Co. Clare and Donald Trump

In April, the proposed wall on the coastline of Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf resort in Co. Clare was refused designation as a ”strategic infrastructure development‘.

An Bord Pleanála ruled that the wall wouldn’t be of strategic economic or social importance to the State or the region.

Now the US Presidential hopeful must apply for planning permission like any normal person.

Which he has done.

A Facebook group called Save Doughmore – Doonbeg Beach write:

It’s with great disappointment and concern that we have to inform you that Mr Trump has applied to Clare County Council to build a 5m high 20m wide 200,000 tonnes wall on the state land of Doughmore Beach.

The window for objections to this shortsighted destruction of an Irish beach is now open but will close Monday, June 13, 2016. We strongly urge you to file a submission/objection. More individual and varied objections will have a greater impact.

All submissions/observations must be made in writing to the Planning Section, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis and must include the following:

– the name of the person or body making the submission/objection
– the planning reference number of the application concerned (16371)
– the address to which any correspondence relating to the application may be sent (your address)
– a fee of €20 which can be payable by cheque or cash (we understand that this is your hard earned money, but €20 will be long forgotten in hundred years, the wall won’t be)

It is more effective if many and varied objections are made. So us providing you with a template is not the best. You will need to write a letter detailing why you feel it is inappropriate to grant permission for 200,000 tonnes of rock to be dumped onto a public beach.

… Simply objecting to something out of principal is not usually sufficient to affect action. It is therefore important to provide as much evidence as possible to back up your argument. Be formal and polite. Writing an angry and emotional letter will work against you, particularly in legal matters, where all that is important are facts.

… Please please take the time and effort to try to stop this environmental crime. It will be the future generations that judge us, please act now.

Save Doughmore – Doonbeg Beach (Facebook)