From top: 3rd Place Coffee Shop, Dundalk; managers Niall McGuinness and Alicja Kolodziejczyk with ‘Chilli’
Niall McGuinness writes:
‘My partner Alicja I currently manage 3rd Place Coffee House in Dundalk.
The HSE has summonsed us to attend Dundalk District Court this Thursday 2nd December for failing to comply with a Compliance Notice served on 5th November. If the Compliance Order is granted the District Judge has the power to close our business down for 7 days.
Our customers health status is none of my business. Our café will never discriminate against our customers whatever the consequences. I intend to fight this all the way at the District Court and Higher Courts. It doesn’t matter how many politicians and journalist endorse it or how many businesses enforce it, it will still be discrimination. Wrong is wrong we all have a moral and ethical duty to stand up and do what is right.
We have set up a Go Fund Me to support our initial costs because in Ireland there are huge barriers to access to justice as there is no legal aid available for such test cases.’
Update: ‘Chilli’ plays no role in these proceedings. He offered to help on a pro-bone basis, but was declined, an insider says.
Pics: 3rd Place Coffe/Trip Advisor