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#TrendsterAras18 Presidential Interview Series: Peter Casey

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The #TrendsterAras18 Presidential Interview Series aims to help better inform young voters ahead of the Irish Presidential Election on Friday, October 26th. We have requested interviews with each of the six presidential candidates and have set out a list of eight questions which we believe will offer young people more of an insight into each of the presidential hopefuls.

The third candidate to accept our interview request was Peter Casey. I spoke with Peter over the phone on Tuesday, 16th of October, 2018.

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Why did do you decide to run for the Presidency?
  • 1. Why did do you decide to run for the Presidency?
  • 2. In your opinion, what do you believe sets you apart from the other candidates?
  • 3. What do you understand the Presidents role to be in a modern Ireland?
  • 4. Can the President implement any substantial changes on issues effecting young people in Ireland or is the role restricted? If so should this be changed?
  • 5. Over the last number of years, we have seen some substantial social changes in Ireland, two of the most notable would be gay marriage and the removal of the 8th amendment, many would agree that these changes were driven by younger voters wanting a better Ireland. As President is there any further social change that you would like to champion?
  • 6. There has much discussion in the last year around lowering the voting to sixteen, what are your views?
  • 7. If elected as President and you could invite anybody over to Aras an Uachtaráin for tea, who would be your first choice?
  • 8. If given the opportunity, what one piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

1. Why did do you decide to run for the Presidency?

It’s something that I’ve always, for some strange reason, I’ve always had it as a goal of mine, and… my mother and father were very focused, and very… they encouraged all of the children to believe that could achieve anything they wanted to… I really believe that the presidency of Ireland is such an amazing opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives, we have got the most amazing diaspora, the most, our greatest national asset is our people that, you know, we’ve got seventy-five million, there’s no country on the planet which has got such an amazing diaspora… it’s our greatest, and I said it the other day there, our most underutilised, and undervalued national asset, and you know, if we can, connect with that, and really tie it together in a meaningful way… the ability of the government here to influence the lives of the people in Ireland will be enhanced enormously… it’s just something, I’ve travelled extensively, I’ve actually been a third of my life in Ireland, a third in Australia, a third in America, I’ve over twelve millions miles, you know, which is about 400 times around the world… you know, and I’ve been in every continent except Antarctica… you know, anywhere you go you meet Irish people, and they’re all so, proud to be Irish, so passionate about being Irish, you know… you almost have to leave Ireland to understand how amazing it is to be Irish, you know…. and I think, I’ve got the experience, the international business experience, you know just… experience of just being around and just seeing what a small place the world is, in reality… and you know, it’s the right time now for me to take this direction, this move in this direction… you know, my family have reached the age where they’re all going their own way, and my businesses, its able to survive without my involvement which is great, and… the stars aligned.

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