Peter Casey was nominated to contest the 2018 election for President of Ireland.
While initially predicted to win less than 1% of the vote, Casey received 23.3% voter support and finished second to the incumbent, Michael D. Higgins, who secured a second term.
Peter Casey was nominated to contest the 2018 election for President of Ireland.While initially predicted to win less than 1% of the vote, Casey received 23.3% voter support and finished second to the incumbent, Michael D. Higgins, who secured a second term.Having lived on three Continents and done business in six, Peter Casey believes he has something unique to offer in the political realm. He wants to be a strong independent voice on returning Ireland to growth and prosperity, and believes he has the experience and influence to make a difference on Ireland’s behalf.Connecting people, whether the Irish diaspora or influential leaders, Peter Casey is driven by the goal of bringing equal opportunity, jobs and investment to Irish society.
He believes that Ireland needs to turn the tide on emigration and facilitate entrepreneurship and opportunity with strong policies and proper infrastructure; thereby encouraging the return of the 300,000 of the country’s youngest and brightest citizens lost to emigration since the last recession.
A meaningful diaspora programme to galvanise and leverage the 80 million people worldwide who identify themselves as Irish was a cornerstone of Casey’s 2018 Presidential campaign.
“I am a passionate, honourable and proud Irishman who believes the people of Ireland, at home and abroad, have unlimited potential that can be nurtured for the good of the country by a dynamic, engaged and proactive President.”
Developing rural Ireland is also a platform for Peter Casey. He believes there is an urgent need to address the concentration of commercial activity and services in the greater Dublin area that drives up the cost of employment and living, and creates housing shortages.
Tax and rates concessions, along with investment in connectivity and infrastructure, are urgently needed to rebalance the distribution of commerce, the Donegal businessman says.
Peter Casey’s first foray into Irish politics was in 2016, when he was nominated as a candidate for election to Seanad Éireann (the upper house of the Irish Parliament) by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). The agenda was driving foreign direct investment, indigenous business development and job creation.
In 2019 he contested the European Parliament election in Ireland’s Midlands–North-West constituency. He also contested the 2020 general election as an independent candidate in the Donegal constituency, a region Casey says has suffered decades of neglect and which needs a strong independent voice to fight for it in Dáil Éireann. (Irish Parliament)