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Paisley aims to 'Trump' golf club
Donald Trump
Donald Trump is considering buying land in County Antrim
First Minister Ian Paisley has met American billionaire Donald Trump over possible plans to develop a 1bn golf complex in Northern Ireland.

Mr Trump will decide in the next 30 days whether or not to buy a site in County Antrim.

The pair met in New York on Tuesday after Mr Paisley found out the businessman was interested in investing in Northern Ireland.

The first minister said they had a good discussion.

Last week the property tycoon had proposals turned down by Aberdeenshire Council to build the resort there.

Environmental groups

However, Scottish ministers have stepped in to decide whether or not to give the site the go-ahead.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Trump Organisation's head of international development, George Sorial, said the company was not considering appealing the plans, for the Menie Estate near Balmedie.

The Trump International Links scheme was to include two championship golf courses and 1,500 homes.

Mr Trump claimed he needed to build the houses to pay for the development, which he wanted to construct over the next five years at the 1,400 acre site.

The proposals were criticised by some environmental groups and local campaigners but, at the same time, received backing from some business figures.

A Scottish government statement issued on Tuesday said: "Ministers recognise that the application raises issues of importance that require consideration at a national level.

"Calling the application in allows ministers the opportunity to give full scrutiny to all aspects of this proposal before reaching a final decision."



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Brendan Edwards from the Golfing Union of Ireland



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