Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, cut the first sod at Midleton Distillery last month as it began its €100m expansion.
The distillery, owned by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, is expanding to meet global demand for Irish whiskey, especially Jameson which is produced at the facility in Cork.
The Irish premier welcomed the 250 construction jobs, and 60 manufacturing jobs which the expansion will bring to the Irish economy, reported breakingnews.ie.
Mr Kenny said: “Today marks a significant day in the future of Irish whiskey production, and the entire food and drinks export industry, as well as for the local economy here in Cork, which has greatly benefited from the presence of both the distillery and the Jameson Experience visitors centre.
“By taking advantage of a supportive and stable economic environment Irish brands can continue to increase exports worldwide.”