Athlete Refused Restaurant Entry

A Paralympian has spoken about his experience being refused entry to a Dublin restaurant because he was accompanied by his guide dog.

Martin Gordon claims he was told he could not be served inside the restaurant when he arrived at lunchtime last weekend with his partner, seven-year-old daughter and guide dog "Juno". 

Mr Gordon, who is blind, represented Ireland in the tandem para-cycling in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020. Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said he was told by the restaurant's manager that there was a "no dogs" policy in place.

Mr Gordon said he informed the host that this was contrary to the Equal Status Act, which he said he is very familiar with as he has used a guide dog for 20 years. He claims he was told that there were no tables anyway, and the best they could do was seat him outside.

He said it was a "humiliating experience" to have to plead his case in public.