Political Opinion (NI only)
According to the Equality Commission political opinion means:
- Nationalist, republican, loyalist or unionist
- Northern Ireland constitutional politics
- Any political opinion related to the conduct or government of the state, or matters of public policy
- Any lawful political party that does not endorse violence.
Reference to political opinion includes a reference to not holding any political opinions.
Courts will ultimately be responsible for interpreting the meaning of political opinion.
Under the Fair Employment & Treatment (NI) Order 1998, it is unlawful for those who provide services to the public to discriminate against a person on grounds of their political opinion.
The Equality Commission advises under the law it is unlawful to discriminate on grounds of religious belief and political opinion in:
- The provision of goods, facilities and services
- Access to and use of any place which members of the public are permitted to enter
- Accommodation in a hotel, boarding house or other similar establishment
- Facilities by way of banking or insurance or for grants, loans or finance
- Facilities for training
- Facilities for entertainment, recreation or refreshment
- Facilities for transport or travel
- The services of any profession, trade or business open to the public.
Irish Rugby Football Union (Ulster Branch) – Projects targeted at people with different political opinions
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Ulster Hockey – Projects targeted at groups with different political opinions
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Irish Football Association – Football For All
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Irish Football Association – Projects targeted at groups with different political opinions
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Religious Belief and Political Opinion
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