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Irish presidential candidate Casey to stand in EU poll

Peter Casey
Peter Casey

By Kevin Doyle

Businessman Peter Casey is to contest the European elections in the Republic on a platform that seeks to change the immigration system and end the rural-urban divide, it can be revealed.

The former RTE Dragons' Den investor from Londonderry, who finished second in last year's Irish presidential election, will run in the four-seat Midlands-North West constituency.

Mr Casey rose to prominence after claiming Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority. The Donegal resident continues to stand by those comments but says his new campaign will be much broader.

And he argues that the more than 300,000 people who voted for him "are not all people who don't like Travellers. They like people who say what they think needs to be said."

He expects to take the seat of sitting Independent MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan who topped the poll in 2014.

Asked for his position on EU membership, Mr Casey said he believes Ireland should remain in the Union but leave the Eurozone.

"I think we should [be in the EU] but I don't think Europe should have so much control over the day-to-day running of the country," he said.

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