Donald Trump has been granted permission to build a wall. Not in Mexico, but on the west coast of Ireland.
The US President had sought approval for a leangthy sea barrier to protect his golf course at Doonbeg in County Clare from Atlantic storms and coastal erosion, with the original application citing global warming and rising seas as a justification. Trump Hotels Inc estimates that between 15 and 20 metres of dune facing the edge of the golf course has eroded in the last 15 years.
Environmental groups have raised numerous objections, claiming the wall could damage protected wildlife habitats in the region. And many are quick to highlight the irony of a President, who denies climate change exists and who is trying to pull his country out of the Paris Agreement, building a wall in an attempt to manage the impact.