‘I won’t invest another penny in Scotland – I’ll spend it in Ireland’

Published: 12/02/2014

DONALD Trump said last night he won’t invest a penny more in developing his Aberdeenshire golf resort as he turned his focus to a new project in Ireland. The US businessman vowed to turn prestigious Doonbeg course in County Clare into an “unparalleled” attraction after a court setback in his effort to block a north-east offshore wind development.

Hours after the Court of Session upheld a Scottish Government decision to approve the 11-turbine scheme at Aberdeen Bay, Mr Trump announced he would put all his “investment and energy" into his new venture – leaving a questionmark over the future of his Menie plans.

Mr Trump previously warned he would walk away if the proposals were approved, taking £1billion of investment and 4,000 jobs with him. Yesterday, he said: “We will appeal this decision and in the meantime we will be focusing all of our investment and energy towards our new acquisition on the Atlantic Ocean in Ireland.” Last night Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford said he hoped both the Menie and Ireland resorts could be developed in “parallel”.

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