Book Early (or not) A message to Pontins from the Harlow Irish……..
General / Wed 3rd Mar 2021 at 10:15am
ON Tuesday it was revealed that holiday park group Pontins had a list of Irish surnames it used to screen out bookings for its holiday parks from Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
This was first reported by the i newspaper.
The list of forty names appears to be simply forty Irish names.
Pontins has agreed to change its working practices.
Alastair Pringle, executive director at EHRC, said: “It is hard not to draw comparisons with an ‘undesirable guests’ list and the signs displayed in hotel windows fifty years ago, explicitly barring Irish people and Black people.
“Banning people from services based on their race is discrimination and is unlawful. To say that such policies are outdated is an understatement.”
“It is right to challenge such practices and any business that believes this is acceptable should think again before they find themselves facing legal action.”
YH did note that a spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said such discrimination was “completely unacceptable”.
Which is interesting as a couple of years ago, there was a report that when Mr Johnson was Foreign Secretary he had a few issues with foreign names including Irish ones.
It reported “At the Foreign Office he was heard to muse as to whether Chancellor Angela Merkel had served in East Germany’s Stasi secret police. French president Emmanuel Macron was a “jumped-up Napoleon”. As for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, “Why isn’t he called Murphy like all the rest of them”.
With the help of our friends from the Harlow Irish Facebook page, we have provided a list of 100 Irish surnames from families who have or are living in Harlow. These are all surnames of people from Mizen Head to Ballinsloe to Clones who moved from Ireland to Harlow.
We originally published this list for the Boris Johnson article but we are re-publishing list for Pontin’s benefit.
We hope this helps.
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Thank to the members of the Harlow Irish Facebook page, who helped to compile the list.
100 Irish Surnames
There are many more…..