Irish Distillers, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, has secured an injunction against picketers threatening to disrupt operations at its Jameson whiskey distillery in Midleton, County Cork.

Piceketers taking part in a nationwide electricians' strike have targeted the Midleton distillery alongside several other well-known facilities across Ireland, including Diageo's Guinness brewery at St James's Gate.

A spokesperson for Irish Distillers told just-drinks today (8 July) that the group has secured a High Court injunction against the picketers.

"We had a picket put in place at Midleton on Monday," said an Irish Distillers spokesperson. "This was done by people who are not contracted or known to us and we did write to the union a number of times to ask them to remove the picket. We have taken this step to protect our business and jobs at the distillery," he said.

Production of Jameson's has not been affected, due to the summer months being mainly devoted to maintenance work at the distillery, he added.

The news comes after Diageo confirmed to just-drinks yesterday that it had secured an injunction against St James's Gate picketers.

The group was forced to temporarily suspend production of Guinness at the brewery, which produces 2.5m pints of the beer daily.