Northern Ireland

Whiskey distilleries get green light from minister

Glass of whiskey
Image caption County Down could see two whiskey distilleries opening

The environment minister has recommended planning approval for two whiskey distilleries in County Down.

There are plans for a small distillery at Ballyhenry House on the Lough Shore Road, Portaferry.

The other application is for a distillery and visitor's centre at Gransha Road in Kircubbin.

The minister, Alex Attwood, said the distilleries would provide short-term construction jobs and enhance tourism.

"These distilleries will provide a boost for the Ards Peninsula, which will be welcomed by traders and visitors," he said.

"These recommendations and the application for a new distillery in Derry that I approved last week prove how DoE can fulfil its dual mandate as the leading environment ministry and a leading economy ministry."

The Kircubbin proposal includes the conversion of a listed stable building.

The U-shaped two-storey building will be converted into a visitor's centre, including a restaurant and kitchen, a distillery exhibition centre and museum, tasting room and shop.

The DoE is to consulting Ards Borough Council about the applications.

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