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McKillen Distillery Plan Suffers Setback

By Dave Simpson

Kildare County Council planning officials have returned proposals for an Irish whiskey distillery on the site of Monasterevin's Ballykelly Mill to Paddy McKillen's Jewelfield Ltd firm, saying that the planning application is invalid.

The Irish Independent reports that officials took issue with the failure of the proposal's site notice to mention the "Natura Impact Statement" included by McKillen as part of his application.

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McKillen's plan is being supported by an investment from Bono and, if approved, will involve an initial outlay of €50 million for a proposed distillery, visitor center, tasting rooms and event spaces on the site of Ballykelly Mill.

"Reviving Monasterevin's Rich Heritage"

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McKillen asserted, "We're restoring a beautiful 200-year-old mill and reviving Monasterevin's rich heritage in producing the finest whiskey going right back to the 18th century. We have assembled an amazing team of world-leading experts and we will produce a world-class product."

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