OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF EQUALITY INVESTIGATIONS
Equal Status Act 2000
EQUALITY OFFICER'S DECISION NO: DEC-S2002- 128
John Biggins, The Corner Bar, Ballinrobe
(represented by T Mullan & Co, Solicitors)
File No. ES/2001/731
Date of Issue 29/11/2002
Key words:Equal Status Act 2000 - Direct discrimination, section 3(1)(a) - Membership of the Traveller community, section 3(2)(i) - Supply of goods and services, section 5(1) - Refusal of admission to a pub - Risk of violent or disorderly behaviour, section 15(1) - Onus on publican to prevent harassment, section 11.
This dispute concerns a complaint by Augustine Sweeney that he was discriminated against, contrary to the Equal Status Act 2000, by Mr John Biggins, The Corner Bar, Ballinrobe. The complainant maintains that he was discriminated against on the Traveller community ground in terms of sections 3(1)(a) and 3(2)(i) of the Equal Status Act 2000 in not being provided with a service which is generally available to the public contrary to Section 5(1) of the Act.