A chef at a refugee centre in Clifden, Co Galway who refused to give a resident an extra portion of cheese with his meal, has been awarded €10,000 in compensation after he was dismissed over the incident.
Lukasz Langowski of Oughterard, Co Galway, told the Employment Appeals Tribunal in a ruling published last week he was employed as head chef at the Dún Gibbons Inn in Clifden,which provided board and lodgings for 80 to 100 refugees.
Langowski told the tribunal there was a strict policy that everybody got exactly the same portion of food.
Langowski said when the resident – referred to as 'S' – asked for extra cheese he told him that there was a long queue behind him and if he wanted to he could go down and "buy it in SuperValu".
S complained to the centre's owner that he was "distraught and felt humiliated" by the chef's remarks. He demanded a written apology from the chef and also forwarded his letter of complaint to two other bodies involved in working with refugees.