Only Irish barley in Irish whiskey

In 2019, Irish whiskey secured geographical indication from the European Commission, meaning that only whiskey that is distilled in the Republic of Ireland can be labelled as Irish whiskey. Beginning of December 2020, a request was submitted by a Social Democrats MP to amend the geographical indication to mention that the barley used in the manufacture of Irish whiskey needs to be sourced in Ireland as well. Republic of Ireland Agriculture Minister rejected the request, informing the country’s whiskey makers they would not be prevented from importing barley from other countries for the production of Irish whiskey. Reports show that 93% of barley used in brewing and distilling is native barley.