Patrick McCarville was part of a gay group who met regularly at the Rathmore Bar and Lounge. An event arranged to take place at the bar was listed in a gay magazine although the bar was not mentioned. Subsequently a letter appeared in the local paper attacking this type of function.
Mr McCarville believed this incident and fear of bad publicity was the reason why he was later barred from the pub. He made a complaint of discrimination.
The case settled with the owner lifting the barring order, expressing regret for injury to feeling and affirming his commitment to the principles of equality.
The Equality Commission can advise pubs and other service providers of their legal responsibilities towards gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered customers.