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Donald Trump’s up £36m on Irish golf course
American billionaire Donald Trump is said to be investing up to 45m euros (£36m) in a golf course that he purchased in the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking while on a three-day visit to inspect the Doonbeg links in County Clare, Trump explained his plans to turn Doonbeg into one of the most iconic and recognisable golf courses in the world.
During his talk, Trump described the purchase as “500 acres of ground with tremendous frontage onto the Atlantic Ocean.”
He also revealed that the golf course had been on his radar for four years, during which time he’d always had an interest in buying the property someday.
The wealthy business tycoon bought the course for 15m euros (£12m) in February after financial difficulty and severe erosion saw the asking price slashed. Trump said he planned to double or even triple that investment.
Trump wants to create a golf circuit from Doonbeg to the Open Championship course at Turnberry and on to his resort on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
"We are already in contract for an incredible helicopter that will connect the three dots with guests and we think that is going to be a tremendous amount of business," he said, while adding that hundreds of jobs would be created through his investment in Ireland.
Mr Trump claimed he had been contacted by organisers of the Irish Open and European Tour bosses to discuss holding tournaments at Doonbeg.
Doonbeg is a renowned spot of beauty and is protected by strict environmental concerns for a microscopic snail that has been around since the Ice Age – the narrow-mouthed whorl snail, or vertigo angustior, which measures about 0.9mm wide and 1.8mm in height. Trump has said he is happy to work with environmental experts in any redevelopments which he plans to undertake.
"The snail issue is an issue that will roll on and one that we will be very protective of," he said.
"It's a special piece of land and we are going to do it in a very, very special way and we are going to do it in a very environmentally sensitive way. It's very important to us."