Republic of Ireland: Equality Authority v. Portmarnock Golf Club 11 June 2005, The Irish Times.
An action under the Equal Status Act 2000 against Portmarnock Golf
Club alleged that its policy of excluding female members was found not
to be discriminatory. Rule 3 of the Club stated: 'The Club shall
consist of members and associate members ... who shall be gentlemen
properly elected and who shall conform with the rules of amateur
status'. In February 2004 at an earlier hearing, Judge Collins had
suspended the drink license on the basis that the policy was
discriminatory. The High Court allowed the Club's appeal finding
that the policy fell into the exception that a club may be considered
not to be discriminating if its principal person is to 'cater only
for the needs of persons of a particular gender'.
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