THE RACE CARD IN IRISH POLITICS

On the 26th October the Irish people will elect a new president. There are six candidates one of whom is the incumbent President ,  Michael D. Higgins.  Peter Casey , who is also a candidate , is a business man with a national profile due to his stint on RTE ‘s  Dragons’ Den programme – but Peter is in trouble…….. Peter , it seems , is a racist…..

It all began when six Irish traveller families were offered accommodation in six brand new council houses which they immediately  refused because the houses did not have stables or a 1/2 acre of land which the travelers had demanded. It should be noted that there is a huge homelessness crisis in Ireland today which is getting worse by the day and which now  has reached the level of a national scandal.  Casey made the mistake of describing the situation as ‘ bonkers’ and stated in an RTE interview that the houses should be offered to the next people on the housing list. He also made the mistake of explaining that he believed that all the people of Ireland should be treated equally as oppose to being treated differently because of their ethnic background.  This of course was the proverbial red rag to the Irish media who immediately denounced Casey as racist , divisive and lacking compassion etc etc. as , of course , did all the other candidates including the President , Michael D. Higgins. He was even accused of playing the Trump card.

Remarkably , Peter Casey stood his ground and refused to apologize which of course poured more fuel on the media flames. Funnily enough the Irish people seem for the most part to agree with him or at least a significant portion of the Irish people do. Today Casey stated on the radio that he may withdraw from the race due to the attacks on his character and he reiterated his belief that all people should be treated equally and with respect and as individual Irish people rather than as members of an ethnic group.

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