OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER'S DECISION NO: DEC-S-2002-084-085
Henry & Helen Kiely
O'Donoghue's Bar, Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney
(represented by Padraig J.O'Connell, Solicitor)
File No. ES/2001/152-153
Date of Issue 09/07/2002
Headnotes:Equal Status Act, 2000 - Direct discrimination, section 3(1)(a) - Membership of the Traveller community, Section 3(2)(i) - Disposal of goods and supply of services, Section 5(1) - Refusal of service in a pub.
This dispute concerns a claim by the complainants that they were discriminated against by the respondent contrary to the Equal Status Act, 2000, on the grounds that they are members of the Traveller community when they were refused admission to the respondent's premises on 17 and 24 February, 2001. The respondent denies that the complainants were discriminated against and states that the only reason admission was refused in February, 2001 was because the bar was reserved for use by hotel residents.