Calls are being made on Peter Casey to withdraw from the race to be Ireland’s next President over comments he made about Travellers.
Mr Casey said Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority.
Pavee Point has described the comments as grossly insulting and offensive and have called on him to withdraw from the race for the Áras.
Peter Casey made the comments while speaking to the Indepdent.ie’s podcast ‘The Floating’ Voter.
“I don’t believe that Travellers should be given special status, why should they be given status over and above yourself or myself,” said Mr Casey.
He said that it is “nonsense” that Travellers are viewed as a minority ethnicity saying “they’re not Romany or whatever”.
He went on to describe Travellers as “basically people that are camping on somebody else’s land”.