Plan by McKillen and Bono stuck in a moment
BUSINESSMAN Paddy McKillen's plan to create an Irish whiskey distillery on the site of the Ballykelly Mill in Monasterevin, Co Kildare, has suffered a minor setback.
Planning officials at Kildare County Council have returned proposals for the project to the developer's company, Jewelfield Ltd, having deemed its application to be invalid.
Officials took issue with the failure of the proposal's site notice to mention the 'Natura Impact Statement' included by the developer as part of his application.
Mr McKillen's plan for the distillery and visitor centre is expected to see an initial outlay of €50m. It is being supported with an investment by U2 singer Bono, who is a close friend of the Belfast-born businessman.
Should the project secure approval, it will see the development of a distillery, tasting room, visitor centre and event spaces on the site of Ballykelly Mill.
Mr McKillen said recently: "We're restoring a beautiful 200-year-old mill and reviving Monasterevin's rich heritage in producing the finest whiskey going right back to the 18th century.
"We have assembled an amazing team of world-leading experts and we will produce a world-class product," he said.
"We're investing €50m into this initial phase, which is the start of a long-term strategy.
"It fits very well with our existing hospitality businesses and the great global interest in Irish whiskey over the past number of years."