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Galway restaurant to become first Irish business to challenge vaccine pass in court

A Galway restaurant has become the first Irish business to challenge the Covid-19 vaccine pass on grounds of discrimination. Located on Lower Dominick Street, Italian restaurant II Vicolo’s has had almost €106,000 raised in support of its legal action.

A Go Fund Me Campaign was set up last month with a goal of reaching €120,000 to support the legal action against the pass on the grounds of discrimination and breach of privacy law.

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The certificate was originally supposed to be removed on the 22nd of October but was extended until February for indoor hospitality such as pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.

II Vicolo claims that due to their refusal to comply with the vaccine pass system, they have been constantly inspected by HSE compliance officers.

A statement from Lawyers for Justice Ireland for the restaurant’s owner Gerry McMahon and manager Breffni Archer said both men “wish to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support they have received since our post of October 9th”.

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“Lawyers for Justice Ireland are fully aware of the severe strain that the business was put under since the Compliance Notice was served on August 20. The constant inspections by Compliance Officers, the closure of the business following the emergency cessation order and the numerous court hearings at the District Court.”

If the challenge goes ahead, it’s not expected to be heard until next year due to the Christmas Courts break.

IMAGE – “city-restaurant-table-pavement” by pixellaphoto is marked with CC0 1.0

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