Michael Staines
Michael Staines

10.14 23 Jan 2020


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Former Dragon’s Den judge Peter Casey says he will represent Donegal if he wins two seats in the General Election.

 Mr Casey yesterday confirmed he would run in the Taoiseach’s Dublin West constituency as a form of protest.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning he called Leo Varadkar the “worst Taoiseach in living memory” and accused him of having “no moral compass whatsoever.”

He said he would take up a seat in Donegal if he gets one.

“I mean I have said that all along. Donegal is where my home is. Donegal is where I employ people. My heart is in Donegal.

“I wanted to give the people in Dublin West an opportunity to come out and say, ‘heck it, we have had enough of this nonsense. We have got the worst housing crisis and healthcare crisis.”

He also took aim at the Government over his support for the recent Mercosur trade deal between the EU and a number of South American countries.

The deal with the EU, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay is the largest Europe has ever signed.

It will allow the South American countries to export 99,000 tonnes of beef to the EU every year.

“A Brazilian cow is four-times less environmentally friendly than a Donegal cow in terms of the impact it has,” he said.

“If a cow is farting in Donegal ... It doesn’t matter if you just move them to farting to Argentina and then fly the beef to Europe.”


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