OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER DECISION NO: DEC - S2001-019
Mr Paddy Collins,
(Represented by Northside Traveller Support Group)
Mr Jerry Kyle, Kyles Pub
(Represented by Michael J. Kennedy & Co., Solicitors)
File Ref: ES/2001/088
Date of Issue: 13th December, 2001
Headnotes:Equal Status Act 2000 - direct discrimination - section 3(1)(a) - membership of the Traveller community - section 5(1) - refusal of service in a pub - burden of proof on complainant to present prima facie evidence of discrimination - no prima facie evidence presented.
Mr Paddy Collins claimed that he entered Kyles Pub at 5 o'clock on 9th December, 2000, and was served two pints with a friend of his named Mr Martin Collins, who also claims to be a member of the Traveller community. He claimed that when they sought a third pint each they were refused service by Mr Kyle. Mr Collins claimed that the reason for his refusal was based on his membership of the Traveller community.