DONALD Trump may take his €1.5bn dream to build "the world's finest golf course" to Northern Ireland, it emerged yesterday.
The American billionaire, whose plans for a golf resort on sand dunes in Aberdeenshire were rejected by councillors last week, has signed an option to purchase a piece of land in Co Antrim and has 30 days to decide whether to exercise it, his advisers said.
The news came as Mr Trump stepped up the pressure on Aberdeenshire Council, which has called an emergency meeting of all its councillors to consider how to resurrect his scheme to build two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel and hundreds of houses on a 570-hectare site at Balmedie, 21km north of Aberdeen.
Neil Hobday, Mr Trump's project director in Aberdeenshire, refused to give an exact location for the site in Northern Ireland but insisted that it was a serious option unless the Scottish impasse was resolved.
He said: "There are properties all over Europe that could be of interest to Mr Trump, but there is one in particular in Northern Ireland where we have signed a 30-day option to buy the land. The clock is ticking."
Mr Trump says he has received telephone calls from governments across Europe asking him to invest in their countries.