Trump Doonbeg resort taps Government wage subsidy scheme

The Trump Organization is among the companies seeking Government help to cover wages at its Irish operations, availing of the wage subsidy scheme at its Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

The group is also tapping UK government bailout money to cover payments to bar staff, bagpipers and other employees furloughed from its golf properties.

Overseas businesses owned by US president Donald Trump can tap government funds meant to help retain workers. In the US, by contrast, they’re specifically written out of the enormous US economic relief package. The result is a potentially stark gap between how workers in different countries may weather the crisis, even within the same global operation.

In the Republic and the UK, where Trump owns three money-losing golf resorts including Doonbeg in Co Clare and two in Scotland, companies can tap enough government cash to pay most of their workers’ salaries. It’s unclear whether the Trump Organization is paying the balance of the salaries for furloughed workers.

In the US, roughly 2,000 employees dismissed from Trump golf courses and hotels will have to line up with millions of others to apply for unemployment payments.

Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s chief lawyer, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Managers at two of the sites said they had taken measures offered by the government to protect their employees.