Pontins Log Perceived Irish Traveller Surnames So As To Keep Them Out

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UK based holiday company Pontins insists it’s making changes after it emerged it kept a list of so-called “undesirable” Irish surnames.

A whistleblower, alleged that calls were monitored in Pontins’ contact centre and that bookings for its holiday parks made by people with an Irish accent or surname were refused or cancelled.

Those names include Connors, Horan, Ward and McDonagh.

The idea was simple. Try to keep members of the Traveller community out of its holiday parks.

Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission says the company was directly discriminating on the basis of race.

Dr Sindy Joyce, a member of the President’s Council of State, says similar practices are rife among Irish hotels, pubs and restaurants.