Sunday 18 August 2019

'We felt so discriminated against' - Mother furious after she's told 'no buggys' at choir service

Pictures: Heather Doyle
Pictures: Heather Doyle
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A mother has described how she was left feeling "devastated" and "angry" after being told she was not permitted to bring her child's pram into a choir service at the weekend.

Heather Doyle travelled up to Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park from their home in Celbridge, Co Kildare on Saturday with her fiancé and their 10-month-old son Harry.

However, when they arrived at the entrance Ms Doyle claims she was told that they couldn't bring their 'Bugaboo' pram inside the building.

She told independent.ie: "We were so disappointed. We have a 10-month-old and they said they wouldn't let us in with the pram."

Picture: Heather Doyle
Picture: Heather Doyle

A sign outside the building also stated that no buggys were permitted inside the building.

Ms Doyle claimed this was "discrimination" against mothers and families.

"It was our son's nap time but we were expected to carry him if we wanted to go into the house to hear a carol service and leave our buggy unattended outside.

"We felt so discriminated against and I wondered what would happen if that were a person in a wheelchair."

Ms Doyle said they were so angry that they didn't attend the choir service.

Farmleigh House is run by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Independent.ie has contacted the department for a comment.

Picture: Heather Doyle
Picture: Heather Doyle

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