A meeting to discuss a planned St Patrick’s Day protest in Killarney has been cancelled by the venue in the town.
Members of the Traveller community had been due to meet in the Killarney Court Hotel this evening.
They say their protest is in response to alleged widespread discrimination against the Traveller community in Killarney.
Killarney Court Hotel says it cancelled the meeting only because it concerned a protest and that it welcomes all groups in society.
The meeting will now be held in Tralee.
Killarney Court Hotel’s duty manager, Colin Daly, says its policy is that it doesn’t allow itself to be connected with protests as it doesn’t want to be perceived as taking sides on a particular issue.
Mr Daly says this relates to all contentious issues; he says a meeting relating to an incinerator was cancelled on similar grounds.
He says the hotel welcomes all groups in society and that their regular customers include members of the Traveller community.
A spokesman for the Tom’s Rights Traveller group, that’s organising the St Patrick’s Day protest, says he’s disappointed by the hotel’s decision.
He says the meeting will now take place in the Kerry Travellers’ Health and Community Development Project in Áras an Phobail, Tralee this evening at 5.30.
He says they couldn’t find any venue in Killarney to host them and it’s disappointing they have to go Tralee to discuss a Killarney issue.
He says politicians, tourism groups, businesses and the public are all invited.