Weekly Comment: The Trump-Pence Irish Connection and a Different Kind of Wall

Donald Trump points to a photo of his golf course in Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
August / September 2016

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have more in common than having won the presidential election.

Pence, the governor of Indiana, has strong Irish roots. His grandmother came to the U.S. from Doonbeg, County Clare – which also happens to be the home of a Trump golf resort.

Pence’s grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, also came to the U.S. from Clare. A native of Tubercurry, Cawley passed through Ellis Island in April of 1923, and became a Chicago bus driver.

Pence most recently visited Ireland in 2013.

Trump’s Doonbeg golf course became a news story back in May when Politico reported that Trump was looking to build a sea wall to protect the golf course from the effects of climate change.  This, even though Trump – like many Republicans – has expressed skepticism about global warming.

“The New York billionaire is applying for permission to erect a coastal protection works to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare,” Politico noted. “A permit application for the wall, filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland and reviewed by Politico, explicitly cites global warming and its consequences – increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather this century – as a chief justification for building the structure.” ♦

3 Responses to “Weekly Comment: The Trump-Pence Irish Connection and a Different Kind of Wall”

  1. Leanne says:

    God help us.

  2. saira says:

    It’s just horrible that Trump would admit to global warming in Ireland but completely act like it’s a myth out in the US. Glad you wrote about this. More proof!

    • Clarel Hunt says:

      The good news is that Trump has been refused permission to build THAT wall by the powers that be in Co. Clare. Thankfully he doesn’t have the power to use his bully tactics to reverse
      that in Ireland!!

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