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Toilet call hits plan for soup kitchen

A SOUP kitchen which is feeding up to 500 vulnerable people a week has been told it must provide disabled toilets for clients.

Twist Soup Kitchen applied to Galway City Council for change of use from a garage or warehouse to a proposed food kitchen outlet last November.

However, the planning authorities have delayed a decision and wrote to Oliver Williams last week stating that his charity soup kitchen was the equivalent of a restaurant. They set out five stipulations for the former warehouse which included information on ventilation.

Mr Williams described the latest requests as 'a shock', saying: "Galway City Council need to stop jacking around on this and make a decision. They may dislike us being here but we are providing a vital service. It would be ideal if we weren't needed but the reality is we are."

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