Dispute at well-known distillery to go to mediation, High Court told

Listoke Distillery co-founder and managing director brought proceedings over suspension

A dispute between the well-known Listoke Distillery in Co Louth and its managing director is to go to mediation, the High Court has heard.

As part of the agreement, the suspension of Bronagh Conlon from her post as managing director has been lifted.

Ms Conlon, who co-founded the distillery, has brought High Court proceedings against Listoke Distillery Ltd challenging her suspension on May 22nd. Ms Conlon, represented by Padraic Lyons, had sought orders including an injunction lifting her suspension.

She claims the suspension, imposed pending an investigation into the provenance of a 2018 shareholders’ agreement, is invalid and not necessary, and strongly denies any wrongdoing.


Her application for an injunction, opposed by the company, represented by Marcus Dowling, came before Mr Justice Garrett Simons on Tuesday.

After discussions between the parties, Mr Lyons told the court the injunction application could be adjourned as the parties had agreed to enter mediation to be conducted by a retired Court of Appeal judge, Michael Peart.

Counsel said both sides were agreeable to Ms Conlon’s suspension being lifted.

If the mediation does not resolve matters, the parties will return to court later this month, counsel said. Mr Dowling said his client was consenting to those steps.

Mr Justice Simons adjourned the matter and wished the parties every success in the mediation.

Listoke Distillery, based in Tenure, Dunleer, Co Louth, produces the Listoke 1777 brand of Irish gin and operates a gin school.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the business has stopped its regular activities and has been manufacturing hand sanitiser.