Irish Presidential candidate Peter Casey is in hot water following comments in which he claimed that Travellers are “basically people camping in someone else’s land”.
The Derry native, who spends much of his time in Inishowen, told The Floating Voter, the Irish Independent’s political podcast, that he had sympathy for people living near Traveller camps.In the podcast, he also said:
“Do you think they are sitting here going this is great for my property value now that I’ve got three dozen caravans down the road? That’s just wrong.
“Somebody needs to sit up and say this is nonsense. Here we are are giving them luxurious houses and they’re turning them down because they’ve no stables,” he said.
“Can you imagine the brave person from Dublin that would say, ‘I’d love a lovely four-bedroom house with solar panels and beautifully kitted-out kitchens’?”He also said: “They are not paying their fair share of taxes in society.”
Pavee Point, the Traveller advocacy group, has described the comments as “grossly insulting and offensive”.And his comments have prompted calls for him to withdraw from the Presidential race. For more and to hear what he said see HERE Meanwhile, Casey is onjust 2 per cent in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll on the Presential election. President Michael D. Higgins is on 66%. For more details on the latest opinion poll see HERE
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