Eric Trump arrives in Doonbeg for meetings

Eric Trump arrives in Doonbeg for meetings


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Security is tight around Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg where Eric Trump, son of US President Donald Trump, arrived this afternoon.

Mr Trump (33) is Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation arrived from Scotland by helicopter shortly before 4.00pm.

Gardaí had been checking vehicles visiting the property while additional officers are expected to take up duty in Doonbeg later today.

A spokesman for the Doonbeg property confirmed that Mr Trump is in Clare “on business”.

The local community in Doonbeg is divided on plans by the Trump Organisation to construct flood defences to protect the golf course from sea erosion.

A revised planning application is awaiting a decision from Clare County Council while more than thirty people and groups lodged objections to the plan ahead of a deadline earlier this year.

Last night, a public meeting was held in the town to discuss the urgent need for flood defences to protect the golf course and local farm land.

The Doughmore Coastal Protection Group has expressed disappointment that a plan to erect a flood defence has not received planning permission.

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.