Independent candidate Peter Casey who says he is running as a candidate in the five seater Donegal constituency says he is fully committed to taking a business approach to getting things done for Donegal in the 33rd Dáil.
HOWEVER, he has now said that he is considering a challenge in Dublin West for the sole reason of giving the people of that constituency an opportunity to register “an obvious protest vote” against Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
He said: “My heart is in Donegal and I’m committed to delivering for our county in Dáil Éireann. I live in Donegal, I employ people in Donegal, I vote in Donegal and would be honoured to represent the people of Donegal. I will take a business approach in order to get things done in Donegal.
“Yes, I’m seriously considering putting my name on the ballot paper in Dublin West, but only to give people a chance to register an obvious protest vote against the worst Taoiseach in living memory. I’ll certainly be placing ads in local Dublin press stating the reasons people shouldn’t vote for him.
“He has presided over so many disasters during his term and has made countless political u-turns. His well-funded machine may well attempt to tag me as a so-called populist for doing this, but the people of Ireland will not be fooled. Even the biggest PR spend in Government history, couldn’t spin away his big-mouthed gaffes, embarrassing about-turns on policy and low moral compass.
“The Taoiseach’s string of failures is recorded for all to see. There’s the swing-gate and fobgate scandals, the National Children’s Hospital disgrace, the broadband spending debacle, the unprecedented crises in health and housing – list goes on and people have had enough.
“On a more personal note, he was very close to breaching the constitution in the Presidential election when he asked people not to vote for me.
“People are right to be angry and that’s why I’m giving them the opportunity to voice their anger directly by voting for me in Dublin West.”
However, Donegal is the priority for Casey, who lives in Greencastle in Inishowen.
“Donegal needs a strong independent voice and that’s something that has been sadly lacking.
“My primary goal is to represent my home county of Donegal. The people of our county deserve an alternative voice, one which reflects their views. They want someone who will get things done in a business-like fashion, someone who will listen to their problems and work hard to deliver real solutions. That’s my pledge to the people of Donegal.
“People are dying because of a critical deficit in services at Letterkenny General Hospital (sic), lives are at risk as home crumble while the Government backtracks on delivering redress for those devastated by Mica.
“Hard working families are being terrorised by the VRT police, our fishing communities are crippled by the gestapo-like tactics of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority, our farmers face their biggest crises in history with unsustainable price cuts, carbon tax and the Brexit fallout.
“I am committed to battling for Donegal people on all of these fronts while striving for long-overdue infrastructure improvements, championing increased cross-border co-operation, and working tirelessly to bring more businesses and job creation to our county.
“I am setting up 24-7 online response centre where people can be assured of proper representation from a politician who will act promptly and professionally on their behalf.
“It’s time for a business approach to politics in Donegal - let’s get things done together.”
If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email email@example.com To contact Donegal Post, email firstname.lastname@example.org To contact Inish Times, email email@example.com.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.