Common Sense Prevails in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that Portmarnock Golf Club can continue to exclude women as full members because it is exempted under equal status legislation.

The court, by a majority of three to two, upheld a decision by the High Court four years ago and dismissed an appeal by the Equality Authority.

This ruling centred on how a section of the Equal Status Act should be interpreted.

Women can play golf at the north Dublin course but cannot become full members.

In 2005, the High Court overturned a District Court decision and ruled that Portmarnock was not a discriminating club because its principal purpose was to cater only for the needs of a particular gender, an exemption allowed under the legislation.

The Supreme Court upheld that ruling this morning.

Portmarnock can now continue to be a registered club - meaning it can continue to sell alcohol - without changing its membership policy.

A spokesman for the Equality Authority said the authority welcomed the fact that the Supreme Court had now clarified the law. He said the Oireachtas could now examine whether or not the Equal Status Act needed to be amended.

Joanna McMinn of the Equality Rights Alliance said the law needed to be changed and the decision was a bad day for equality and a bad day for women.

John Quigley, General Manager of Portmarnock Golf Club, said the club was pleased with the court’s decision.

This was already posted Evo…stop going over old ground

ah portmarnock & its golf course - is portmarnock the only town in ireland that would up half its beach as a gift to sir anthony?

That sounds exactly like something your old nemesis Shannonsider would post…
Except he’d use capital letters and proper punctuation.

Hopefully this landmark judgement means that women will have to retreat once more back into the snug when visiting public houses.

If the west loses the war of civilisations with Islam we’ll have that soon enough anyway. You can’t move for hijabs in Clare these days.

Is there no budding El Cid back there to drive them all into the sea, WTB?