Appeals have been lodged to An Board Pleanála against the proposed development of a distillery in Carrick which could create up to 60 jobs.
The company, Drioglann Shliabh Cuideachta Ghniomaiochta Ainmnithe, has been granted planning by Donegal County Council for the distillery at Carrick Lower, which would be known as the Sliabh Liag Distillery.
There are three appeals against the development lodged with An Board Pleanála by An Taisce and by local residents.
Submissions to the Donegal County Council raised concerns about potential water pollution, air pollution and traffic congestion in the area.
An Taisce said in its submission to the council that the application “lacks justification” because it is “is unrelated to any existing settlement centres”.
Local councillor Niamh Kennedy accepted people had a right to object but described the objections to the development as “akin to pressing the self destruct button”.
A decision from An Bord Pleanála is due in January.
Sliabh Liag Distillery is a new Irish whiskey company driven by two returning Donegal emigrants. James Doherty and Margaret Cunningham returned to Donegal in 2015 and formed plans to build what would be the first new distillery in Donegal for more than 170 years.
Cllr. Kennedy said: “I am just totally amazed at the objections in an area which is practically devoid of employment, apart from tourism. This development has the potential to create 60 jobs with even further growth potential.
“The investment from the company in the area shows the commitment and dedication of the team to bring this project to fruition. This distillery of Irish whiskey on the Wild Atlantic Way will attract many tourists and increase their length of stay in the area. Sixty jobs to rural Donegal is the equivalent to hundreds of jobs in Dublin or Galway. This is a stumbling block which I would hope we can overcome.”
Pictured: An artist's impression of the proposed distillery.