Is Europe a bridge too far for Peter Casey?

On the campaign trail in Athlone, the former presidential hopeful’s platform is centred around closing Ireland to immigrants – even from other EU states – after Brexit

12th May, 2019
Peter Casey in Athlone last week: ‘I’ve no posters. Environmentally unfriendly’ Pictures: Andrew Downes

In the space of two hours in Athlone, Peter Casey gets a blessing from a woman bearing a set of rosary beads and a free bottle of water from a travel agent, and finds ten cent while crossing the road. He is, he says, feeling lucky in his quest to become an MEP for the 13-county Midlands-North West constituency.

“I think I’m going to top the poll,” he says, as yet another person comes up...

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