Remember when Trump said he "doesn't care" about his major Irish investment anymore?

The presidential hopeful is coming back to Clare - Enda Kenny has described him as “racist and dangerous”

Remember when Trump said he "doesn't care" about his major Irish investment anymore?

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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has confirmed he will visit Ireland later in this month.

The billionaire says he will visit his Irish resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare, calling it a "magnificent resort fronting on the Atlantic Ocean".

However, comments from February of this year suggest that he is not losing any sleep over the future of the Irish project.

“I bought it a number of years ago and during the downturn in Ireland, I made a good investment. It is an incredible place,” he told an audience of 600 during a televised address.

“We spent a lot of money on making it just perfecto - and now it’s doing great. But I don’t care about that stuff anymore. It is, like, small potatoes,” he continued.

The billionaire's concerns have switched from business to politics since he put himself forward for the Republican nomination, “I’ll let my kids run it, have fun with it, let my executives have a good time, but I don’t care about it. I care about making America great again. That’s what I care about,” Mr Trump added.

When he first visited to open the resort, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was criticised for taking part in a red-carpet welcoming party when he arrived in Ireland after completing the €15m purchase.

Speaking to Down to Business at the time, Donald Trump praised the warm welcome that he received - and that he was "impressed" by the Minister making the effort to attend the event, saying that he would have "done the same thing" if he was in his position.

However, there may be a slightly different welcome in store this time around as, earlier this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny described recent comments made by the New Yorker as "racist and dangerous."

Trump's other wall

In March, representatives for Donald Trump have warned that Doonbeg resort faces closure if he does not secure planning permission for a 2.8km-long stretch of rock armour.

According to the Irish Independent, the threat is contained in plans submitted by Trump International Golf Links and Hotel to Clare County Council concerning the €10m limestone construction, which it claims is necessary to safeguard the resort's golf links from storm damage.

Conservationists have attempted to block the plans since 2014. The Carrowmore dunes are a Special Area of Conservation and a Natura 2000 site, home to reefs, shifting white and grey dunes, and the Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail.

In the application, consultants say that "in the medium term, the 'do nothing' scenario will bring the viability of the entire resort and its potential closure into question".