A POPULAR CORK NIGHTSPOT has been accused of asking a gay couple to leave the premises after they kissed on its dancefloor.
A doorman at the Old Oak bar on Oliver Plunkett Street in the city asked a student and his boyfriend to leave the bar late on Friday night, having earlier given them a verbal warning following an earlier kiss.
Witnesses to the incident told TheJournal.ie that though the pair had been given an initial warning by the doorman following their first kiss, they kissed again on the bar’s dancefloor at around 1:30am.
Moments later, security staff at the bar approached them and asked them to leave the premises.
The student involved declined to comment when contacted, saying he was seeking legal advice on the matter and that it was being reported to the Equality Authority.
When contacted, the Old Oak asked that queries be sent via email, and it had not responded to TheJournal.ie‘s queries at the time of publication.
The bar’s Facebook page, where many had left comments voicing their anger at Friday’s events, was deleted last night.
Discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited under the Equal Status Act 2000.