Security tight in Doonbeg for Eric Trump visit

Security tight in Doonbeg for Eric Trump visit


Mr Trump’s coach escorted by Garda outriders – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Security is tight around Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Co Clare today where a son of US President Donald Trump has arrived with a group of US business people.

Eric Trump (33), Executive Vice President of the Trump Organisation, arrived in Shannon from Scotland this morning on the company’s private jet. The luxury Boeing 757-200 jet landed shortly before midday.

A group of about 30 people boarded a coach which was escorted by Garda outriders and other security vehicles to the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel which President Donald Trump acquired in 2014 for €8.7m.

The group arrived in Doonbeg at around 1.30pm amid heightened security at the property that includes the Garda Air Support Unit.

Eric Trump also visited the facility in April where he held a series of meetings including discussions on the future of the resort and an ongoing planning process surrounding proposed coastal protection works at the property.

Doonbeg resort general manager Mr Joe Russell has confirmed that Mr Trump has arrived with a group of 30 business people from the US on the final leg of a tour of Trump properties in Scotland and Ireland.

Mr Russell said: “We are delighted to welcome Eric Trump and his guests from the US to Doonbeg. The course is in wonderful condition, probably the best ever, having completed a redesign under the stewardship of world renowned Golf Course Designer, Dr. Martin Hawtree, at an investment of over €5 million.

“The team at Trump Doonbeg are excited to showcase the course and resort to Eric’s esteemed guests, a courtesy we believe we extend to all our guests and golf club members,” he added.

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.