He never did get his wall, and now former U.S. President Donald Trump has been warned he might have to tear down a fence near his luxury resort in Ireland.
A local authority issued a warning letter to the Trump International Golf Links at Hotel in Doonbeg over what they said was the unauthorised erection of fencing on sand dunes near the five-star resort.
In correspondence with Trump’s hotel group, they said the new fence had no planning permission after they received a complaint from a member of the public.
An assessment carried out by the council in early September said that permission had not been sought for the erection of fences at two locations on the dunes at Doughmore Beach.
It said: “Based on my onsite observations, as these fences were only included along two areas of the dunes, they did not appear to serve a security function.
“It would appear that their function relates to coastal/sand dune protection works. The fencing in the Carrowmore townland looks to be only partially completed.”
It concluded that the fencing constituted both works and development and was not exempted under planning laws.
“As there is no planning permission granted for these works, they are considered to be unauthorised,” said the assistant executive planner in his assessment.
He recommended that a warning letter be issued to TIGL Enterprises Limited, the owners and operators of the Trump Hotel.
On September 13, that letter was sent to the company saying it was the council’s belief that unauthorised development “may have been, is being, or may be carried out”.