Del Arte, Mahon Point SC, Cork

Jean and I just had a lovely meal in Del Arte an Italian Restaurant in Mahon Point Shopping CentreWhy? Just to spoil ourselves a little and anyway Christmas is fast approaching so why not?

Jean started with Bruchetta while I opted for a gorgeous Caesar Salad. Jean followed on with Polo a la Masala and I had a Calzone Pizza. The food was great but the mains were a bit slow and a number of staff members apologised. We weren’t in any hurry and the delay gave us a chance to soak up the Christmas atmosphere and watch the hustle and bustle. The bill came in at just under €40 and we felt it represented value for money.

There is a fully wheelchair accessible toilet and it has all the requisite grab rails and drop rail. Full marks so far. I often wonder do owners and operators of restaurants, shopping centres and businesses in general really understand what an emergency pull cord is for. It is not an ornament. It is there for use in an emergency and usually an emergency in a disabled toilet means that the disabled person is on the floor and if the cord is secured more than inches off the ground the injured party has no way to call for help. I also find it self-defeating to have the access door inward opening; if the disabled person has fallen, the door is most likely blocked and what will happen then. I refuse to contemplate the answer. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.

Emergency way out of reach

Emergency way out of reach

Emergency Pull Cord 5 feet off the ground

Emergency Pull Cord 5 feet off the ground

Mahon Pint Shopping Centre is well served with a decent number of disabled toilets but none of the emergency pull cords are accessible in the event of an emergency. It is not that the cords are short. Someone has made a decision to tie them out of reach and allocated a staff member to do the work. THIS IS SO WRONG. Now is the time to rectify the issue not when something has happened and it is too late

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