Irish Distillers have been given planning permission for a €250m expansion in Midleton by Cork County Council. Some 800 jobs are expected during the 29-month construction phase. The proposed works include a new pot still building to be designed as a “unique feature recognising the industrial and whiskey distilling heritage of Midleton”. A column still building for grain processing, a brewhouse building and biogas plant were all also included as part of the planning application. Read the full story here.