PRESIDENTIAL candidate Peter Casey is facing calls to pull from the race after claiming Travellers shouldn’t be recognised being an ethnic minority because they’re “basically people camping in somebody else’s land”.
The businessman launched an extended attack on the grouped community, arguing: “They’re not paying their fair share of taxes in society.”
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However, Mr Casey said: “That is clearly a load of nonsense. They’re not from Romany or whatever.”
When challenged about his views on Independent.ie’s podcast ‘The Floating Voter’, Mr Casey down doubled, saying the arrival of Travellers within an area “devastates the costs of the houses”.
“Let’s call a spade a spade. Your home price doesn’t start going right through the roof once you get two dozen Travellers relocating outside from you,” he said.
All candidates criticised President Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher for not turning up for the campaign’s first live television debate
He cited a continuing dispute in Tipperary where six homes are empty in a €1.7m development because families living on an unauthorised site want stables for horses nearby.
“I am sorry, there’s something seriously wrong with society when we’re at that stage,” Mr Casey said.
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David Joyce, a known person in the Travelling community and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, told the Irish Independent: “He should withdraw from the campaign. He’s shown he’s unfit to represent all of the folks of Ireland. This man is really a racist. He could be scapegoating my community.”
Mr Joyce, who’s a solicitor also, added: “I don’t believe any presidential campaign during the past has ever stooped to the degree of blatant racism.”
He said the candidate’s views were “founded on ignorance, prejudice and pure racism”.
“The idea that people all reside in caravans and pull through to people’s land is rubbish,” he said.
Martin Collins, co-director of Pavee Point Roma and Traveller Centre, said: “These comments put his presidential campaign on a single level as an area election where people play the nimby card to get votes, once we have observed so previously often.
“This potentially can feed into racist stereotypes in fact it is reckless and irresponsible and definitely not befitting anyone standing to be president for all your folks of Ireland.”
Mr Collins said Mr Casey’s input had helped to “belittle the lived connection with Travellers with regards to racism and exclusion”.
The interview was referred to as “very concerning” by Shane O’Curry, director of the European Network Against Racism, which includes 87 member organisations in Ireland.
“I’m shocked at the ignorance of his comments. They show that Peter Casey is really as ignorant as he could be inept at politicking,” he said.
“His comments about Traveller ethnicity fly when confronted with academic consensus and what Travellers say themselves.
“It betrays a gross misunderstanding of what it really is to be an ethnic minority, in addition to a gross misunderstanding of what life is similar to in Ireland for ethnic minorities.
“The objective of recognising Traveller ethnicity would be to renegotiate the partnership between society and Travellers in order that we are able to value Travellers’ contribution to society more.
“Peter Casey’s comments have a devastating effect. Let’s remember that whenever politicians have made comments like those before they will have led to violence and intimidation against Travellers.”
In a wide-ranging interview, on Independent.ie’s podcast, ‘The Floating Voter’, the candidate criticises RTÉ’s handling of Monday’s televised debate and says he’ll apologise to Michael D Higgins for claiming taxpayers fund his dog-grooming bill if the President can produce receipts.
Mr Casey claims he warned RTÉ concerning the prospect of an audience to interrupt the ‘Claire Byrne Live’ on Monday night debate as happened.
In a statement to Independent.ie, RTÉ disputed this assertion and said all candidates were alert to the choice process for audience members.
RTÉ also denied there is a dispute between Mr and management Casey following the show, saying that the candidates were thanked because of their attendance.
“RTÉ is still in communication and liaise with Mr Casey’s team today and he could be scheduled to accomplish a one-to-one interview on the RTÉ Six One News live,” a spokesperson said.
President Michael D Higgins has described the views expressed by Mr Casey as “appalling”.
While he said n’t for him to ask a rival to drop out of your race, it &ldquo was;a essential step to discover Traveller’s ethnicity”.
He told RTÉ’morning Ireland that Travellers certainly are a minority who experience discrimination s, have trouble accessing education and also have a lifespan that’s ten years significantly less than average.
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Gavin Duffy said; reckless and inflammatory and also have no accepted invest a campaign for election of First Citizen”.
“They reach into another era that i believed we back, as a society and a grouped community, have put well behind us.
“Travellers face many challenges in life, not least in developing and sustaining acceptance and understanding with the settled community. Such comments only pitch us back to a period and a dark place that people have way back when left behind. I’d ask Mr Casey to withdraw his comments.”
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“As a complete consequence of this, most of them won’t access supports such as for example mental health services which leaves them to suffer alone.”
The founder of Pieta House said the suicide rate in the Traveller community is six times greater than in the overall population.
“Comments like these from Peter Casey are disrespectful hugely, hurtful and show how out of touch he could be with this particular country frankly,” she said.
Sinn Fein candidate Liadh Ni Riada said stereotyping of any ethnic group is unacceptable.
“The Travelling community are an intrinsic and historic component of the Irish nation who’ve faced discrimination and marginalisation as a result of hawaii and local authorities for most decades.
“They are demonised and vilified by components of the media who see Travellers as a handy scapegoat when discussing social problems,” she said.
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty hit out at Mr Casey, saying his comments demonstrate he could be unfit for the working office of President.
She said the comments were “disgraceful”.
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Speaking;s election the minister said Mr Casey’s comments were disappointing and divisive.
“I believe he should withdraw his remarks or withdraw from the Presidential race because his remarks today were disgraceful,” Ms Doherty said.
“I believe it really is disappointing that Peter Casey would elect to divide Irish society instead of uniting us.
“Today would be to show us the massive difference between himself and Michael D all Mr Casey did.
“Michael D did only be inclusive and become a representative and a elected president for each man, women and child in this national country within the last period of time.”
Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Equality and Rights Commission, stated Travellers &ldquo are;almost 10 times more prone to deal with cases of discrimination compared to the general population, and twenty-two times more prone to face discrimination when availing of some private services.
“Today that is just area of the reality for Travellers in Ireland.
“This past year the recognition of Traveller ethnicity over, was section of an acknowledgment that people have during the past simplistically labelled Travellers as failed settled people, and that historic approach delivered a denial of these equality and rights of treatment specifically in education, with today health insurance and housing that your State continues to be dealing,” she said.
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