Casey takes aim at the Áras dogs in bizarre attack ad
Presidential candidate Peter Casey has released a bizarre video taking aim once again at the President's dogs.
Bród and Sioda, the Higgins family's Bernese Mountain Dogs, have become a talking point during the presidency and Mr Casey has decided to make the dogs central to his claims about Mr Higgins's spending.
The former 'Dragons' Den' investor has claimed - but has not provided evidence - that Mr Higgins charges his €10,000 dog grooming bill to the Irish taxpayer.
The President has repeatedly rejected this and said the costs associated with the dogs are paid from his own pocket.
Now in a new video uploaded to his social media account, Mr Casey has again raised the issue of the first dogs.
The video opens with a photo of the incumbent, then a narrator with an American accident says: "Being President of Ireland, you'd think Michael D would have an Irish wolfhound, an Irish setter, an Irish water spaniel or a Kerry beagle."
The video then goes on to refer to the claim that the taxpayer is paying for the costs associated with the dogs, before claiming "so it's not only the dogs getting fleeced, right?"
When questioned about the video yesterday, Mr Higgins did not respond to the ad but again dismissed the suggestion that he does not cover the expenses associated with the dogs, including grooming, food and vet bills, adding "the dogs are well".