Protesters to deliver petition to Donald Trump opposing plans to construct coastal wall in Doonbeg, Co Clare
Gardai have been notified about plans to deliver the petition on a USB stick to the US President
A petition with 104,000 signatures opposing the construction of a coastal defence wall in Co Clare is set to be delivered to US President Donald Trump when he visits Ireland on Wednesday.
The petition, which has received some local support, opposes the construction of 38,000-tonne rock barrier at Mr Trump's golf course in Doonbeg, Co Clare.
Protesters will deliver the petition to the US leader at 6pm on Wednesday when he arrives in the Banner County.
More than 200 letters were submitted in opposition to the project from around the world.
Save The Waves, a California conservation organisation, organised the petition in partnership with Irish NGOs.
Gardai have been notified about plans to deliver the petition on a USB stick to the US President.
Friends of the Irish Environment director Tony Lowes, who will bring the petition to Mr Trump, said: "It is important that people realise that whatever about the understandable support for Trump locally, the destruction of the dune system is opposed world-wide."
Mr Lowes added that FIE has called on the planning appeals board to have an oral hearing "in view of the implications for coastal planning of the changing context of climate change".
The West Coast Surf Club, and the Clare-based Save Doughmore Doonbeg Beach Community Group have been joined by the newly formed Lahinch Chapter of Surfrider EU Foundation in opposing the project locally.
Lexi Keating of Surfriders said: "We’d like to emphasise that in spite of what you might read, many people locally are opposed to the way Donald Trump is behaving.
"The growing positive economic impact of surfing to the area is being ignored, as is the value of the delicate natural ecosystem that makes Doughmore so beautiful.
Trent Hodges, Save The Waves Director of Programs, said: "We want to emphasize our absolute certainty that the proposed seawalls will destroy the beach in front of them and will increase the rate of erosion on adjacent beaches.
"The only question is the timing — will it happen in a few years or will it happen in a decade or two. It will happen."