SOME 55 jobs are to be created as part of a €25m expansion of a family-owned whisky distillery in the south-east.
Walsh Whiskey Distillery, which produces the brands 'The Irishman' and 'Writers Tears', unveiled plans to build a distillery and visitor centre, with investment from Italian drinks firm, Illva Saronna Holding.
It will result in the creation of 55 jobs near the River Barrow at the Royal Oak, Bagenalstown, over a five-year period, and also 40 temporary construction jobs.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said this expansion plan would create a large number of jobs "in an area which badly needs them".
He said a key part of the Government's jobs plans was creating strong exporting businesses.
The investment will involve the creation of a world-class independent craft Irish whiskey distillery, warehouses for maturation and a visitor centre.
Bernard Walsh, who founded Walsh Whiskey Distillery, said there has been strong demand for their Irish whiskey brands crafted in the "best tradition of 19th century Irish whiskey distilling".
He said their new partner, Illva Saronno, had a "global reach" and they also brought experience and expertise, as they have the 500-year-old liqueur Disaronno in their portfolio.