Trump had initially requested permission from Clare County, where his golf course Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg is located, to build a 28km long sea wall. However, this was rejected out of concerns for its environmental impact. Instead, he has been given permission to construct two smaller sea barriers, 630m and 260m in length respectively, the Guardian reports.
The scaled-down nature of the construction permission notwithstanding, the decision has come as a disappointment to some, as the building of the wall risks jeopardizing some of the local nature and ecology, most importantly the system of sand dunes.
"Building a barrier in the middle of the beach is going to change the whole way the dune system works. This should have been about trying to get the golf course to evolve to the changing dune system and not destroying what is a natural process," Eamon Ryan, leader of the Irish Green Party said, according to the online newspaper TheJournal.ie.
However, Joe Russell, general manager of Trump's Doonbeg golf course, thanked Clare Council for their decision, saying that it showed "foresight" for the economic prospects of the region.
"This decision demonstrates the council's commitment to support local business and protect the economic future of the region," Russel said in a statement cited by Reuters.
Despite the decision, appeals can be made for four weeks following the decision via the An Bord Pleanála, an Irish quasi-judicial planning board, writes TheJournal.ie.
But as it stands now, Trump will be adding yet another wall to his resumé, something users on Twitter wasted no time in reacting to.
Is Trump slowly trying to build one huge wall to keep the world out of America????#doonbeg— Dermot Hogan (@dermot_hogan) December 21, 2017
Same people cribbing about wall in #Doonbeg would have been celebrating if Trump built an offshore wind farm which entails tonnes of steel and concrete to be poured into the seabed.— Owen M (@omartin100) December 21, 2017