Diageo said yesterday that a review of its Irish brewing operations could lead to the closure of the St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, where Guinness has been made since 1759. The Times. Financial Times. Daily Telegraph

The 56 acre St James’s Gate site on the bank of the Liffey exports Guinness flavour extract to almost 50 breweries.

Dundalk, Kilkenny and Waterford are the other sites involved in the review.

The city centre St James's Gate site is thought to be worth around €3bn (£2bn) and Diageo sees the opportunity to finance the construction of a modern plant on a greenfield site, possibly close to the planned new Dublin port.