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Portmarnock golf club ruling sends out strong message

20 February, 2004


Sinn Féin's EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald today welcomed the ruling in Dublin District Court that Portmarnock Golf Club was in breach of the Equal Status Act 2000 by banning female members, saying it was "high time women were treated as equal citizens in all areas of Irish life."

Ms. McDonald said:

"It seems almost Victorian to think that women who wished to be members of this golf club were refused on the grounds of gender and that even a leisure pursuit could cause discrimination by operating a 'men-only' policy. I hope this sends out a strong message that women should be entitled to the same privileges as men whether in business or leisure pursuits as it is high time women were treated as equal citizens in all areas of Irish life.

"Discrimination of any type whether on grounds of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity should not be tolerated by anyone and I commend the Equality Authority for taking this case which will hopefully set a precedent."ENDS

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