A Carlow-based whiskey maker is to generate 55 jobs over the next few years with a €25m expansion.Walsh Whiskey Distillery is to build a new craft distillery at Royal Oak in Carlow with funding from Italian drinks company Saronno.
Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton welcomed the announcement, saying the new distillery will help Irish exports and is a model of what the Government is trying to achieve.
The expansion will create 55 permanent and part-time jobs in the Carlow area over the next five years, where the whiskies will be distilled, crafted and aged.
As well as that, 40 jobs will be generated during the 18-month development phase, starting next spring.
The project is subject to planning permission.
Irish whiskey has been the fastest growing spirit in the world, growing from 4.4 million cases in 2008 to 6.5 million this year.