Businessman Peter Casey is to contest the European elections in the Midlands-North West Constituency according to today’s Irish Independent.

The paper reports that he will run on a platform that seeks to change the immigration system and end the rural-urban divide.

Mr Casey rose to national prominence after claiming during the Presidential election, in which he finished second, that Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority.

The Donegal resident continues to stand by those comments but says his new campaign will be much broader.

He said he expects he can challenge for the seat won by Independent MEP Luke Flanagan in 2014.

Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuiness and Sinn Fein’s Matt Carty are also defending their seats, while Independent Marian Harkin is retiring after 15 years in Brussels.

Fianna Fail is running two candidates – TDs Brendan Smith and Anne Rabbitte.

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