New Dunleer warehouse facility will be able to store up to 25 million litres of maturing whiskey
Permission has been granted by Louth CC for the storage of up to 25 million litres of bonded whiskey on a site close to Dunleer.
The whiskey will be stored in more than a dozen warehouses on a 3.7 hectare site.
A 10-year vision for the Irish agri-food industry sees Irish whiskey as a 'key driver' in the continued growth in the beverage industry, but at the same time say that a key challenge for the timeframe remains surrounding the maturation process.
The Dunleer site will be used as a bonded whiskey maturation facility where whiskey would mature in casks from 'spirit' to 'whiskey'. It requires a minimum period of three years.
The area is not scene as a high zone of archaeological importance, but ground works will take place as part of the permission.
Planners see the development of such facilities as ideal in rural locations and two have been granted permission in Moyvore, Co Westmeath and Longwood in Co Meath. Such developments are listed under the Major Accident Directive.
Following upgrade and construction, the Dunleer site could hold 127,680 casks which in total equates to 25,536,000 litres, equivalent to 23,749 tonnes of whiskey.
The proposal has a very low labour requirement and a low level of traffic movements, anticipated at 15 heavy goods vehicle trips per week and 14 light vehicles trips per day to and from the site.
The developers will pay €360,000 to the council under the development contribution scheme.