Finding that the hotel discriminated against all three because they are Travellers under the Equal Status Act, Mr Dolan stated that the evidence presented by the hotel “lacks a level of credibility”.
It comes as new Central Bank figures show that long-term arrears “are entrenched” as ever, with 27,979 mortgage accounts in arrears for over two years at the end of March -- an unexpected increase since the start of the year, said the senior policy analyst at the Free Legal Advice Centres, or Flac.
The Central Bank has expressed its growing exasperation with Irish banks, and has hinted at imposing individual fines and claw backing pay of top Irish bank chiefs if they fail to come into line following their handling of the €1bn tracker mortgage overcharging scandal.
A political spat over consumer protection when mortgage loans are sold by the main Irish banks to vulture funds is in danger of distracting from the real scandal that banks in Ireland are unwilling to write down long-term distressed mortgage debt to reflect the market value of homes.
Fianna Fáil are to table amending legislation in the next two weeks to extend protections to home borrowers whose loans will be bought by vulture funds, a move that could likely snarl plans by Government-owned Permanent TSB for a huge €4bn disposal of distressed loans.
The State has been ordered to pay the legal costs of a severely visually impaired man after he won a High Court declaration concerning the State's duty to vindicate his right to vote privately and without assistance in referendums and elections.
The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in the US is urging the country’s 50,000 undocumented Irish not to panic about President Trump’s clampdown on immigration — as it will only impact undocumented immigrants with serious criminal records.
Banks will face extensive scrutiny of their mortgage loan books and have to justify more clearly the way they deal with distressed borrowers in arrears in the Programme of Government struck between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance.