Billionaire Trump back in Doonbeg

Billionaire Trump back in Doonbeg

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Donald Trump’s luxury jet arriving in Shannon for his first visit in May – © Pat Flynn 2014

US property mogul Donald Trump returned to Ireland yesterday for a second visit to his recently acquired Doonbeg golf club.

The billionaire business magnate arrived in Shannon at 5.20pm yesterday on his private €75m luxury Boeing 757 jet.

The keen golfer is thought to have paid €15m for the Doonbeg property where, during a visit to Clare last month, he promised to spend another €45m at the renamed Trump International Golf Links and Hotel.

When he visited his newest golf course early last night Trump was greeted at Shannon by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and airport bosses.

During that short visit, the tycoon promised a further investment in the property which he said will be three times what he paid for the course.

Mr Trump returned to Clare yesterday flying into into Shannon from Barcelona before he was whisked off to view ongoing works at the Greg Norman designed course which was badly damaged by storms earlier this year.

Mr Trump, who turned 68 earlier this month, is expected to be updated on progress at the resort before he travels onto Scotland where he will visit other properties he owns.

However, plans to undertake urgent substantial coastal protection works have been delayed after Clare County Council requested further information about the proposed works.

The additional information is being sought so that the council can establish any potential impact of the works on the habitat of the protected Vertigo Angustior snail.

Mr Trump was in Spain for the International Training Event of Barcelona where was special guest. He confirmed in a message on Twitter earlier in the week that he would be visiting Europe including Spain, Ireland and Scotland.

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Early start for Donald as he revisits Doonbeg.
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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  1. I recommend everyone to look at this documentary about Donald Trump’s activities in Scotland.
    ‘You’ve Been Trumped’
    Available on the RTE player for 6 more days.

    http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10301250/

    Anthony Baxter’s documentary about homeowners fighting against American billionaire Donald Trump’s plans to build a huge golf resort on an environmentally sensitive site in Aberdeenshire.

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