Derry-born presidential candidate Peter Casey has officially launched his Presidential campaign.

The Donegal-based entrepreneur launched his campaign at The Irish Emigration Museum (EPIC) in CHQ on Dublin’s Quays recently.

Under the campaign banner, Small Country; Big Nation, he plans, as President, to leverage the economic and social resources represented by Ireland’s extensive diaspora.

His primary initiative is to connect the Irish abroad with the homeland as he believes the diaspora is one of Ireland’s greatest and most under-utilised assets.

Mr Casey said: “As someone who has lived among the diaspora on three continents, I can see how important it is for us to connect with the Irish abroad.

“The global Irish community is huge, and re-igniting emigrant links with home, is a two-way street that works for everyone!

“Let’s engage the powerhouse that is the Irish abroad; and in a powerful, meaningful way – not just a token nod in their direction, in a speech every so often.”

The businessman and former Dragon’s Den star is an Independent candidate in the Presidential election on October 26 and promises to do right by the people of Ireland at home and abroad.

“I have no political or business agenda; I have no axe to grind, no one big issue I am blinkered on, and nothing to prove to myself.

“I am here to serve and, if I had one message alone, it is that Ireland punches above its weight on a world stage already, and that we can do so much more to really leverage our ‘people power’ at home and abroad,” he stated.

The Greencastle resident vows to galvanise the 80 million Irish abroad and to support the undocumented Irish people in America.

“Let us show the President of the United States that we can influence the 40 million people there who identify themselves as Irish.

“Let’s use our people power, and get something done about the “undocumented Irish” or threatened trade tariffs, or whatever issue it is a small nation should normally roll-over on.

“My personal qualifications for the Presidency include vast and varied experience as a family man, a businessman, a widely travelled person who has lived and worked abroad, and an astute observer of societies and how they function best,” he added.

Mr Casey founded Claddagh Resources in 1993 and the executive recruitment firm now has offices in Donegal, Dublin, Chicago, Atlanta and Sydney, which delivers recruitment solutions to global corporations.

Mr Casey grew up on the Bogside in Derry during The Troubles; one of nine children’s raised by hard-working parents who made sacrifices to send their children to college.

He is married to Helen, a Dubliner, and they have homes in Greencastle and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a base in Dublin.

A father of five, Mr Casey’s eldest son is a post graduate student studying in Ireland, while his younger son works in the business, and two of his three daughters attend university in the USA, while one is finishing High School.

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