John Teeling, owner of the Teeling’s Whiskey brand, has said that he hopes to get approval for his new whiskey warehouse project in Louth after plans for the site went “off the rails”.
Louth County Council rejected the proposed warehouse development in Kilcurry, a decision that Teeling’s Great Northern Distillery has appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
“We still hope that this will go ahead and we can show that this is a very good development – that’s why we’ve appealed the decision,” Teeling told Fora.ie.
At the end of May, Teeling announced that he would look outside of the county to establish his €20 million plus warehouse if it were to be rejected.
He told the Irish Times that there was no point in establishing a facility in the area when "someone else will come after us”.
However, his stance has since changed and he told Fora that he had no plans to abandon the project after all the “effort, money and time” that has already been put in.
While he admitted to Fora that he can’t say too much about an alternative location, Teelings said that he would prefer to set up his operation in a single site in Louth, close to his Dundalk distillery.
Louth residents put forwards up to 40 different objections to the development, expressing concerns over various potential issues including fire risks, road safety and potential water pollution.
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