Friday 23 June 2017

Traveller loses case over party in hotel

Ray Managh

DUBLIN'S West County Hotel has been cleared by a judge of discriminating against a Traveller mum who wanted to hold a christening party for her baby.

Judge Mary Collins said she would have no hesitation in compensating Anne Marie Grogan in a breach of contract action but she could not say the hotel had discriminated against her.

Ms Grogan, of The Steeples, Chapelizod, Dublin, told barrister Fran Rooney in the Dublin District Court yesterday that she had waited for three years for her first baby and wanted to celebrate the christening.

She had booked a function room up to near midnight on July 31, 2009 for at least 50. When she had revealed the christening would be carried out by a priest to the Travelling community, the hotel manager's attitude had changed.

He had ruled out having a bar in the function room and had confined the function from 5pm. to 7pm. She had cancelled the party because she believed she was being discriminated against as a member of the Travelling community.

Hotel Manager Gary Spain said it would have been uneconomic to have opened a bar for 50 in the function room. Judge Collins said it would be too much of a leap for the court to hold there had been discrimination under the Equal Status Act.

Irish Independent

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