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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'.

* With permission taken from SportBusiness International, February/October 2005.
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Title Annotation:Case Digest *: August 2005
Publication:The International Sports Law Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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