Cyril Brennan Labels Casey An “Ignoramus” Following Direct Provision Comments

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Solidarity- People Before Profit Midlands North West Candidate for Europe labels Peter Casey an “ignoramus” and say his comments are anti-immigrant and racist

Cyril Brennan, the Solidarity- People Before Profit Midlands North West Candidate for Europe, has attacked comments made by Peter Casey which were reported in today’s Sunday Times about so-called ‘freeloader’ immigrants. Brennan said these comments were “anti-immigrant, divisive and racist”.

He said: “The comments by Peter Casey which were reported in today’s Sunday Times are disgusting and vile- they are that of an ignoramus.

“This is a prime example of the kind of campaign that Peter Casey is going to run- a campaign of scapegoating the most vulnerable in society in order to try and get votes. This is just a crude rerun of his disgraceful anti-Traveller comments from the previous Presidential campaign.

“People living in Direct Provision experience some of the most horrendous conditions. Stories of rat infestations, cramped and degrading conditions, mould on the walls and living situations which are totally unacceptable for children.

“The treatment of the people living in Direct Provision by the companies that run them are disgraceful with many too scared to complain because they fear they will be moved to another centre.

“The United Nations and international human rights groups have heavily criticised the Direct Provision system. It is widely regarded as an open-air prison system.

“I feel that in years to come a future Irish government will be conducting enquiries into the Direct Provision system and a future generation will look back and say ‘how did they allow this system to remain?’

“What we need to do is abolish the Direct Provision system and give all residents the right to work, build a massive amount of public housing on public land and house everyone- people who are stuck on the housing list, people in emergency accommodation and people who are languishing in the Direct Provision system.”