Two Traveller sisters have been awarded a total of €10,000 for being discriminated against by two accommodation providers in Co Galway in the space of a few hours.

Jean Martin and Geraldine Ward had travelled to Loughrea on Feb 20th, 2018 to attend their uncle's funeral.

They had made prior bookings, but were denied accommodation at the Auld Triangle B&B and the Meadow Court Hotel in Loughrea on arrival.

The Workplace Relations Commission has now ordered  that the two providers each pay Ms Martin €2,500 for discriminating against her under the Equal Status Act on the grounds that she's a member of the Travelling Community.

This follows the WRC decision last year ordering the two accommodation providers to pay €2,500 each to Ms Martin's sister, Geraldine Ward, for discrimination on the same day.

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