The Trump family’s legal troubles are now an international issue

The Trump family’s legal troubles are becoming international with a new lawsuit brought by environmentalists in Ireland.

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), a non-profit group campaigning for the proper implementation of environmental law in the country, is suing TIGL Ireland Enterprise Limited – the company behind former President Donald Trump’s Irish hotel and golf course – over a sea fence over the allegation by environmental activists will cause irreversible damage to protected areas.

Although Trump resigned as director of the Irish company after saying he “didn’t care” about the resort in Doonbeg, County Clare, his two eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, remain directors of TIGL. The Trump family and former president’s company are already at the center of a number of ongoing court cases across the United States.

The High Court case began on Wednesday after the FIE claimed the construction of the fence in front of the dunes at Doughmore Strand would cause “profound and irreversible damage to the environment”.

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Left: Eric Trump attends the opening ceremony of the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019 in New York City. Center: The Trump International Golf Resort in Doonbeg, Ireland on June 6, 2019. Right: Donald Trump Jr. listens to a rally at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio on November 7, 2022. TIGL Ireland Enterprise Limited to be sued Irish environmentalists say a proposed wall at the resort will endanger wildlife.
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Suryapratim Roy, Assistant Professor of Regulatory Law at Trinity College Dublin said news week that the environmental group has recently gained influence by winning a series of court cases which have recognized environmental rights in the Irish Constitution.

He said it’s the FIE’s recent legal success and lobbying power that “gives it the confidence to tackle high-profile environmental cases,” like the lawsuit against Trump.

Though the new lawsuit takes the Trump family’s legal troubles overseas, this isn’t Trump’s first clash with Irish officials.

In March 2020, Irish Appeals Board Bord Pleanala refused to allow the same golf course to build a proposed seawall between the water and the dunes to protect the course from coastal erosion.

In a press release Thursday, FIE Director Tony Lowes said the 2020 decision “made it very clear” to the Trump Organization that the company would not be allowed to construct any construction work that would prevent the dunes from developing naturally. “Nevertheless, they did this, ignoring a warning letter from the local authority and a letter from our own lawyer,” Lowes said.

Environmentalists fear that the construction of coastal defenses could lead to habitat loss in the protected area.

In an affidavit, FIE’s Kieran Cummins said that while the new proposal differs from the controversial 2020 fence, both “are a physical barrier erected by the defendant in front of the dunes and clearly aim to restrict natural circulation inhibit or confine sediment and organic matter for presumptive golf course protection.”

The FIE is seeking an injunction that would require Trump’s company to halt work on the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel property, the adjacent property and the property at the Doughmore and Carrowmore Dunes.

The case is scheduled to go to court on January 16.

news week reached out to the Trump Organization for comment. The Trump family’s legal troubles are now an international issue

Rick Schindler

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