Ireland: Sikhs dismiss legal challenge to turban ban

The President of the Irish Sikh Council has dismissed reports that the council is to pursue legal channels to challenge a ruling, which prohibits a Sikh garda reserve recruit from wearing a turban as part of his uniform.

Harpreet Singh said that members of the Sikh community will meet with the Garda Commissioner, Noel Conroy, to discuss the implications of the decision not to allow the recruit to wear his turban.

Mr Singh said he is hopeful that the matter could be resolved amicably.

Weekend media reports also said that the Irish Sikh Council has been in contact with representatives of a New York police officer who successfully overturned a similar ban there.

The garda authorities have said they are standing by their decision and have denied that the headgear ban was racist.

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Aug. 27, 2007

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