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Department of Health staff are to be offered 'bistro' food

Staff at the Department of Health will be eating 'bistro-style' in future.

Reductions in staff numbers have forced the office canteen to curtail the current extensive menu for the Hawkins House employees.

Aramark, the commercial catering company that operates the restaurant, says it has regrettably had to advise the department that it can no longer continue to operate the service it provides at present.

"The company has found it increasingly difficult this year to run the business as a commercially viable service," says a staff memo.

"This is mainly due to the decrease in staff numbers in Hawkins House and the reduction in use of their services."


Following consultations with the Department, it was agreed to keep the restaurant open with the new, "more bistro-style" service.

Staff can still choose from a hot, cooked or continental breakfast while, later in the day, the menu includes wraps, rolls and salad boxes.

Hot meals at €5 will include lasagne, chicken a la king, fish, quiche or beef stew, and there will be a range of desserts.

Aramark plans to introduce the new service from Monday September 30, but the memo warns that "the continuing of restaurant services will depend on the support of the staff."

A Department of Health spokesperson confirmed the service was being curtailed by the company involved.