European Election candidate Peter Casey
“I don’t want to go there [travellers], I think that has been done. I think a more important issue however is migration.
It is great that we’ve got wonderful diversity . . . We have a skills shortage, so we have to bring in people who can contribute.
What we can’t afford is to become a haven for freeloaders: people who come in because they know that Ireland won’t deport them and will give them accommodation, will give them education, will give them medical services.
Ireland cannot afford that and still provide the proper welfare state for people who are in Ireland.
We should take in our fair share of refugees; however, we can’t afford economic migrants to come in and we shouldn’t be forced to.
We [should] put them on a plane and give them a ticket back . . . it is very simple . . . under the European act…
We have 200 different nationalities in Ireland at the moment. They are entitled to bring in their relatives from other countries.
We have 535,000 immigrants at the moment, so we’ve got a wonderful diversity. You don’t need to worry about that . . . you need to worry about maintaining, protecting Brand Ireland.”
European Election candidate Peter Casey.