Following meetings with Kildare Brewing Company, Sallins and Kelly Mountain Brew, Clane Kildare North TD James Lawless has confirmed he will support the upcoming Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2016 and encourage his parliamentary party to do the same.

Deputy Lawless said “Craft beer is becoming an increasingly popular product and with Kildare Brewing Co. in Sallins, Kelly’s Mountain Brew in Clane, Trouble Brewing in Kill and Rye River in Celbridge. We have a wealth of production here in North Kildare generating local jobs and adding to the community.

“These companies are a great example of a local, indigenous industry generating high quality and locally sourced beverages which appeal to the discerning customers of today and can compete with the biggest brands out there. As well as a fine product it also creates local jobs and enterprise which is always a priority.

“I have discussed with stakeholders in industry the Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2016 (Breweries & Distilleries) which is due to come before the house shortly and which should make it easier for local breweries to market and sell directly.”