Disappointment has been expressed at the news that plans to construct a new distillery in Carrick have been shelved.
A meeting in the village was told last night that plans by the Sliabh Liag Distillery for the new facility which would have created 40 jobs have been frustrated by ongoing delays.
The distillery is now planning to build on a site in Ardara.
The announcement was made at a meeting of the Carrick Development Committee by the distillery's owner James Doherty to around 100 people.
Full planning permission has been granted on a 20-acre site known locally as the Bull Field. The business already has a distillery which produces gin outside Carrick which was opened last year.
The proposed new distillery was to produce whiskey.
The issue was raised at the Donegal Municipal District meeting today where independent councillor Niamh Kennedy described it as a major disappointment.
“People are very disappointed to hear that they are leaving but I hope perhaps to encourage them to at least keep the gin distillery in Carrick if they have to move the whiskey distillery to Ardara," she said.
"At least there could be something salvaged. We wish them very well but this is a massive, massive loss to the area.”
Sinn Féinn councillor Noel Jordan said: “The owners have done everything in their powers to remain there and it is very unfortunate to see them move off.”
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