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Sunday 20 October 2019

Casey lands new role with Newstalk radio

Peter Casey has teamed up. Photo: Collins Dublin
Peter Casey has teamed up. Photo: Collins Dublin

Presidential runner-up Peter Casey is set to take part in a new radio series for Newstalk.

The 61-year-old Derry businessman became the most talked-about presidential candidate after expressing controversial views about Travellers.

He is now expected to team up with Newstalk on a number of one-off pieces that will air within the station's existing schedule.

Speculation that he would replace veteran broadcaster George Hook, who retired last week, has been dismissed.

Ethnic

"I'm delighted to be teaming up with Newstalk. More details on what I'm doing will be revealed soon," Mr Casey told the Herald last night.

"Peter Casey will not present his own show on Newstalk or host a regular slot," said a Newstalk spokesperson.

Mr Casey was bottom of all the polls before taking part in Independent.ie's political podcast, The Floating Voter. During the recording, he insisted that Travellers should not be considered an ethnic minority.

As controversy raged, he doubled down and went on to complain about Ireland turning into a welfare state.

He dominated public debate during the final days of the election campaign in October, and received more than 340,000 votes.

While Michael D Higgins was the clear winner with 55pc of the votes, Mr Casey received 23pc of the votes.

Sean Gallagher, who finished third, achieved just 6pc.

This will not be the first time that Mr Casey has appeared on TV or the radio. He was previously an investor on RTE's popular Dragons' Den.

Since the presidential election, he has regularly taken part in media interviews, including a controversial appearance on The Late Late Show, where he accused Ryan Tubridy of losing control of the audience. He has also claimed that he would like to run for the Dail whenever a general election is called.

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