Saturday 17 November 2018

Philip Ryan: 'Traveller debate means Martin must once again balance party view with public mood'

  

Poll: Peter Casey got more votes from Fianna Fáil supporters than those of any other party Picture: Gerry Mooney
Poll: Peter Casey got more votes from Fianna Fáil supporters than those of any other party Picture: Gerry Mooney
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

They are all very cagey in Fianna Fáil over Tuesday night's parliamentary party debate on the Traveller community.

Most TDs wanted to play down the more than hour-long discussion on presidential candidate Peter Casey's result after his public criticism of Travellers, which saw him take almost a quarter of the vote. But debate they did.

Senior Fianna Fáil figures were eager to suggest there was no "Traveller-bashing" at the meeting in Leinster House.

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