Irish Whiskey Association welcomes An Bord Pleanala permission for 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses in Co. Westmeath

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The Irish Whiskey Association has today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, Co. Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage Limited.

The proposed facility will have the capacity to hold 200,000 casks of whiskey in maturation.

The proposed development had previously been refused by Westmeath County Council. The Irish Whiskey Association has actively supported Vault Storage Limited in their appeal to Bord Pleanala.

The production process for Irish whiskey is legally defined in both the Irish Whiskey Act 1980
and the Irish Whiskey Geographic Indication Technical File. An essential part of the legally-defined production process is the requirement that Irish Whiskey must be matured in wooden casks on the island of Ireland for a minimum of three years.

Head of the Irish Whiskey Association, William Lavelle stated: “There can be no Irish whiskey without maturation on the island of Ireland”

“Earlier this year we were looking at a potential future shortage of maturation warehouse capacity. Thankfully, this positive decision from Bord Pleanala, coupled with recent grants of planning permission for maturation warehousing in both Co. Cavan and Co Antrim means the Irish Whiskey industry can be assured that this threatened bottleneck in the production process will be avoided.”

“The decision by Bord Pleanala sets an important precedent which should provide clarity to local authorities when they come to assess future planning applications for maturational warehousing.”