The directors of Sliabh Liag Distillery in Donegal say they will continue to operate its gin distillery in Carrick for the ‘foreseeable future.’
It follows the decision to move its planned new whiskey distillery from Carrick to Ardara.
This is despite full planning permission having been granted in 2017 on a 20-acre site known locally as Bull Field.
James Doherty, director of Sliabh Liag Distillery, said delays with the existing site in Carrick meant they had to look elsewhere to fulfil their dream of building Donegal’s first whiskey distillery in almost 180 years.
He said the delay has cast a shadow over plans for the business for too long, and while they had been very patient, they simply could not wait any longer.
However, Stephen McCahill of Ardara believes the proposed relocation of the new distillery will provide a great boost to the town.
He says it’s a great opportunity for the local communikty in terms of employment, trade and tourism.
Meanwhile, there are fears that nine jobs already at the gin distillery in Carrick could now be at risk, something local Independent councillor Niamh Kennedy says would be an added blow if they were to be lost.