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Bar at centre of alleged 'no blacks allowed' incident concludes "that no discrimination occurred"

Three South African students were allegedly refused entry from Buskers Bar in Temple Bar on Sunday 5 June.

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AN INVESTIGATION BY a bar in Dublin’s city centre into allegations that three students were refused entry due to a ‘no blacks allowed’ policy, and were likewise refused permission to speak to a manager, has concluded that “no discrimination occurred”.

Buskers Bar in Temple Bar launched its own independent investigation into the incident on Sunday 5 June in which the three South African students claimed they were refused admission by a security guard at the door, who allegedly said there were “no blacks allowed” in the establishment.

The three students, who it is believed have since returned to South Africa and could not be contacted for comment on the matter, also claimed at the time that the security guard refused to allow them to speak to a manager of the pub.

The pub has now concluded its investigation to the “satisfaction of all parties involved”, a spokesperson for Buskers said in a statement.

“An independent investigation commissioned by Buskers Bar and led by a barrister and an equality expert has concluded that no discrimination occurred when three students were denied entry to Buskers Bar on Sunday, 5 June,” the spokesperson said.

Whereas the students involved declined to participate in the investigation, the matter has since been fully resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved.
Buskers Bar regrets the misunderstanding that saw access denied on the night in question. Buskers Bar abhors discrimination of any sort and respects, embraces and welcomes a multi-cultural clientele which adds to the appeal and enjoyment of this popular establishment.

When queried for more information regarding the investigation, and the status of the doorman in question, the spokesperson added that “as the matter is now resolved no further comment will be made”.

Buskers Bar is a popular venue in the heart of Dublin’s dedicated tourist area.

Two of the students involved told RTÉ’s Liveline at the time of the incident that they made an immediate complaint to gardaí at a nearby station, but were informed that what had transpired was not a criminal offence.

At the time Buskers said it “abhors unlawful discrimination of any sort and welcomes an international and multicultural clientele of every gender, race, colour and creed”.

It is this diversity that contributes to the success and appeal of Busker’s Bar and whereas management reserves the right to decline admission that flexibility can never extend to unlawful discrimination of any sort.

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