US businessman Donald Trump flew into Shannon Airport today ahead of the official opening of Trump International Golf Links in West Clare.
Mr. Trump acquired the 15 million euro, 450-acre course in Doonbeg earlier this year.
Mr. Trump has also struck a deal to carry out work on a protected dune system running alongside his luxury golf resort.
The US property mogul, who added the Turnberry Open Championship course in Scotland to his portfolio last month, has got the go-ahead from the NPWS and Clare County Council to shore up the famous 14th green on the Doonbeg course which was damaged during storms in January and February.
Speaking at Shannon Airport today, Mr. Trump vowed to bring hundreds of jobs to County Clare.
Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins described Mr. Trump’s commitment as “a vote of confidence in Irish tourism and the West of Ireland.”
He added: “I met with Mr. Trump today and was very taken by his energy and enthusiasm about the Golf Links in Doonbeg. He also expressed a great depth of knowledge of the planning and environmental issues relating to the site in question.”
“I warmly welcome Mr. Trump’s positive attitude towards working with Clare County Council and other agencies in the region to further developing Doonbeg’s potential and consequent positive benefits for the wider West Clare economy. His announcement regarding the creation of new jobs during the construction phase of proposed works in Doonbeg and the operation of the Golf Links complex are also very welcome,” concluded the Mayor.
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