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Sunday 11 December 2016

Golf club to review its 'men-only' entry policy

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an exclusive golf club in Dublin is planning to review its controversial 'men-only' policy.

Portmarnock Golf Club, which was founded in 1894, currently has strict restrictions on female golfers.

Women can play a round of golf at the championship course, but cannot become full members. Only wives and daughters of members are allowed play the course on Sundays.

The coastal club is one of few remaining to have the century -old rule still in place. However, it appears that members are reviewing the practice.

General manager Brian Hurley said that the club "regularly reviews all aspects of membership".

process

"As part of that approach, we are currently involved in a consultation process with regard to the club's position on the admission of female members," he said.

In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that the golf club was not "discriminating" against the Equal Status Act by banning women from joining, which was condemned at the time by The Irish Ladies' Golf Union at the time.

During the hearing, a barrister for Portmarnock argued that while the activity of the club was golf, its purpose was to cater for men only.

Joanna McMinn, of the Equality and Rights Alliance, said after the ruling: "It sends out a message that discrimination continues."

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