Pubs & Membership of the Travelling Community

Pubs & Membership of the Travelling Community Discrimination

Discrimination on the ‘Traveller community ground’ occurs where one person is treated less favourably than another because one is a member of the Traveller community and the other is not.

‘Member of the Traveller community’ is defined as a member of a community of people who are commonly called Travellers and who are identified (both by themselves and others) as people with a shared history, culture and traditions including, historically, a nomadic way of life on the island of Ireland.

Pubs, as licenced premises selling alcohol, cannot discriminate on any of the nine specified grounds (Age, Civil Status, Disability, Family Status, Gender, Membership of the Traveller Community, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation) with respect to entry or service provision under the Equal Status Acts.

A pub cannot refuse to let you in because you are a member of a particular group covered by the law, or because you are with such a person, or because the staff think you are such a person.

There are two different routes for complaints about discrimination by pubs.

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  • Traveller and Roma rights

    Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre

  • Traveller Community rights

    Irish Traveller Movement (ITM)

  • Anti-racism

    INAR (the Irish Network Against Racism)

  • Legal advice for Travellers

    Traveller Legal Service - FLAC

  • Legal advice

    Free Legal Advice Centres

  • Legal aid

    The Legal Aid Board

  • Community law and mediation

    Community Law & Mediation

  • Citizen's Information Centres

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