Kitty Holland: Support for Casey reflects rage of those feeling left behind

Businessman seen by many as recognising struggles of post-austerity Ireland

Peter Casey “clearly spoke to the only experience many people have of Travellers, which is negative”. Photograph: PA

Peter Casey “clearly spoke to the only experience many people have of Travellers, which is negative”. Photograph: PA

There are two dangers when talking about Peter Casey’s strong showing in the presidential election – taking it too seriously and not taking it seriously enough.

Though his vote surged from a predicted 2 per cent in polls taken before he made his nasty, inaccurate comments about Travellers, and later his lazy lamentations about a supposed welfare state, to 23.25 per cent, let’s remember again – he did not win the election and only 44 per cent of the electorate were bothered to vote for anyone, much less Casey.

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