Pensioner Gets €2,000 Award For Discrimination By Bank

The Equality Tribunal has awarded an elderly woman €2,000 as compensation for age discrimination.

The tribunal found Ulster bank had discriminated against the 70 year-old when it refused her application for a car loan because she was over the age of 65.

Phyllis Fahey from Rathfarnham, Dublin was refused a car loan from Ulster Bank's Maynooth branch in 2005, when she was 70 years of age.

The Equality Authority, which backed her action, described Ms Fahey’s victory as "hugely significant" and now the pensioner has encouraged her peers to take similar action if faced with discrimination.

An Ulster Bank spokesman said: "Ulster Bank would like to confirm that there was no upper age limit in 2005 in relation to applications for a personal loan. This remains the case."

Niall Crowley, the chief executive of the Equality Authority, says the case highlights the manner in which age limits are often used to exclude older people from society.


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