Friday 30 September 2016

Well-known pub in Temple Bar confirms it is investigating allegations UCD students were turned away 'for being black'

Published 10/06/2016 | 10:34

Anathi Phela received a prestigious scholarship to study law at UCD
Anathi Phela received a prestigious scholarship to study law at UCD

A WELL-KNOWN pub in Dublin's Temple Bar has broken its silence amid allegations that a number of students were denied entry last Sunday because of the colour of their skin.

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It’s alleged the South African students were refused admission by a security guard on the door of Busker's Bar, who allegedly said there were “no blacks allowed”.

Anathi Phela and Ezile Mhlambiso say they were refused entry on Sunday evening and were shocked to hear a security guard say that there were “no blacks allowed”.

“He was dead serious. We spoke to him to see if he was being serious or if maybe there was a language problem, but it was not a joke, not at all,” Anathi told RTE Radio One’s Liveline earlier this week

Anathi Phela, who received a prestigious scholarship to study at International Criminal Law and Criminology at UCD, said he was disappointed nobody spoke out. "

“There were people going in and out, and we had to keep moving to the side to let people go through,” he said.

While he described Irish people as “very nice and friendly”, he was disappointed that nobody stood up for them during the incident.

The bar has now released a statement on its Facebook page confirming a probe into the alleged incident:

"Busker’s Bar (Temple Bar, Dublin) confirms that an investigation is underway into alleged discrimination in respect of three students who were declined admission on Sunday, 5th June last.

"Busker’s Bar abhors unlawful discrimination of any sort and welcomes an international and multicultural clientele of every gender, race, colour and creed. It is this diversity that contributes to the success and appeal of Busker’s Bar and whereas management reserves the right to decline admission that flexibility can never extend to unlawful discrimination of any sort.

"Buskers Bar is treating this allegation of unlawful discrimination very seriously and an investigation is currently underway. Management has also established contact with the students who were declined admission and has invited the students to share their first-hand accounts of their experience.

"With respect to the rights of all parties involved, Busker’s Bar cannot comment further whilst the investigation is ongoing."

The two students immediately headed to the Garda station, and were asked to return on Tuesday to make a statement.

Anathi Phela holds a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Laws from two South African universities and was offered a scholarship at UCD to complete an ERASMUS Mundus programme.

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