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Trump sinks turbine plans at Irish estate

He failed to stop a windfarm getting the go-ahead near his Scots golf club but US tycoon Donald Trump has had more success in ireland, it has been revealed.

The US billionaire has won his fight against the building of wind turbines near his Doonbeg estate in County Clare in Ireland.

Following the businessman's announcement that he was investing £12.5 million in the Irish estate, plans emerged to build nine onshore wind turbines on a nearby site.

But the proposals were scrapped just before they were to be discussed by the local council after Trump offered assistance to campaigners fighting the development.

Tony Lowes, director of Friends of the Irish Environment, said: "Mr Trump was very active - he called me up and said they were opposed to the windfarm and noticed the work we had done."

Mr Lowes added that a letter from Clare County Council confirmed the application had been withdrawn and was now "invalid".

The Trump Organisation has stated its delight that the plans had been withdrawn.

Executive vice-president George Sorial said: "We are very pleased that the application has been withdrawn and alongside the local residents we will continue to monitor the situation and if necessary lodge a further objection."

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