This report is sent by Mary Groeger
Last Friday night I went to Fishy Fishy in Kinsale and had a delicious meal. As I usually do I checked out the facilities on my brother-in-law Declan’s behalf, checking out could he and his wife Jean join us there for a meal. The wheelchair toilet was one of the best I have seen in a long time. Perfect with the door opening out. Access to the restaurant was also spot on with a ramp with suitable gradient. Congratulations to the owners for having such good access. (Click HERE)
The following night I went to Quinlan’s Sea Food Bar newly opened in Princess Street in Cork City Centre. There was a step to go in the front door no ramp! We did have a delicious meal and service was excellent with a very friendly staff. I went to the facilities which were up 1 flight of stairs. When I came back down I enquired where the wheelchair accessible toilet was only to be told they did not have one. So Declan unfortunately you or any other wheelchair user will not be able to enjoy a meal there. I actually thought that by law all new public premises had to have a wheelchair accessible toilet before they could open to the public. I hope that Quinlan’s will rectify the situation to allow all citizens to eat in their lovely new restaurant.
(My note to Quinlan’s – this is extremely disappointing as I raised the issue of the step when work was ongoing and I was told it would be looked after. I suppose that there was no point in making the restaurant wheelchair accessible if you can afford to exclude that section of the market. It is estimated that 15% – 17.5% of the population have some disability and remember not all disabilities are visible.)