Equal Status Act 2000
9.—(1) For the purposes of section 8, a club shall not be considered to be a discriminating club by reason only that—
(a) if its principal purpose is to cater only for the needs of—
(i) persons of a particular gender, F30[civil status], family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, nationality or ethnic or national origin,
(ii) persons who are members of the Traveller community, or
(iii) persons who have no religious belief,
it refuses membership to other persons,
(b) it confines access to a membership benefit or privilege to members within the category of a particular gender or age, where—
(i) it is not practicable for members outside the category to enjoy the benefit or privilege at the same time as members within the category, and
(ii) arrangements have been made by the club which offer the same or a reasonably equivalent benefit or privilege both to members within the category and to members outside the category,
(c) it has different types of membership, access to which is not based on any discriminatory ground,
(d) for the purpose of reducing or eliminating the effect of any rule or practice of the club (whether adopted before or after the commencement of this section) restricting access to particular types of membership to persons of a particular gender it offers concessionary rates, fees or membership arrangements to persons who were or are disadvantaged by any such rule or practice, or
(e) it provides different treatment to members in the category of a particular gender, age, disability, nationality or national origin in relation to sporting facilities or events and the different treatment is relevant to the purpose of the facilities or events and is reasonably necessary.
(2) For the purposes of section 8, a club shall not be considered to be a discriminating club by reason only that it—
(a) has, for the principal purpose of promoting equality, a reserved place or places on its board or committee of management for persons who are members of a particular category, or
(b) takes other measures for the principal purpose of obtaining a more equal involvement in club matters of persons who are members of a particular category.
Substituted (1.01.2011) by Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (24/2010), s. 103(3), S.I. No. 648 of 2010.