Clare County Council announced this evening that they are granting permission for ‘coastal erosion management works’ at Doonbeg, County Clare, for Donald Trump’s golf course.
Friends of the Irish Environment, who failed in their 2000 High Court challenge to the original construction of the original golf course but succeeded in ensuring protection for a tiny snail, were one of the unsuccessful objectors.
Tony Lowes of FIE said that the group was ‘in shock’. ‘We relied on the best international scientific advice which said with absolute certainty that proposed seawalls will destroy the beach in front of them and will increase the rate of erosion on adjacent beaches. How can the Council state that the proposal would ‘not significantly impact on the amenities of the area, in particular Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand and Doughmore Bay’ after the advice they have received?
‘Any intervention through physical barriers will impede the natural evolution of the dune system and put at risk protected species, even without considering the loss to Doughmore strand and its great dunes. As the experts advised the Council, ‘The only question is the timing — will it happen in a few years or will it happen in a decade or two. It will happen.’
‘The decision must be appealed’ he said, ‘as the populist precedent it sets ushers in the growing new dark age of climate sceptics and anti-science that threatens far more than a single sand dune system on the wild Atlantic way.’
An appeal must be made to the Planning Appeals Board, An Bord Pleanala, by 26 January 2018. The fee for appealing €220. The Board aims to decide on all appeals within four months. That decision may only be challenged by way of a Judicial Review to the High Court.
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