Fine Gael TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, has welcomed the opening of the new €35 million state-of-the-art whiskey distillery in Tullamore, Co Offaly by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simoney Coveney TD.
“The opening of the state-of-the-art whiskey distillery in Tullamore marks the return of Tullamore Dew to Offaly sixty years after the original distillery closed its doors.
“The Irish Whiskey sector is growing in popularity across the world; sales grew by 22% in North America alone during 2013 and since 2010 Tullamore Dew has been the largest selling Irish Whiskey in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
“I am delighted that Tullamore Distillery has returned to Offaly. An investment of €35 million in such a significant business in the area is very good news and will have a positive impact on the entire community.
“The opening of the Tullamore Dew distillery opens up new employment opportunities for the people of Offaly. The Action plan for Jobs has seen the creation of 31,000 jobs in the last 12 months and although more jobs are needed in particular in the Laois/Offaly region, the opening of the distillery is a major step in the right direction.
“The equivalent of 1.7 million cases of Tullamore Dew will be produced in Offaly each year. There is no doubt that this will have a knock-on effect on local businesses and the economy.”