The Labour Party in Galway-West has called on Presidential candidate Peter Casey to withdraw from the race for the Áras, following comments he made in relation to the travelling community.

Peter Casey said it's 'just wrong' that travellers are given special status.

He made the comments on the Independent.ie podcast 'The Floating Voter' while discussing a housing dispute over stables in Tipperary.

In his conversation with Kevin Doyle, Peter Casey also said that the travelling community don't pay their fair share of taxes

There are now calls for Peter Casey to drop out of the race, with traveller advocacy group Pavee Point describing his comments as 'ill informed and offensive'.

Responding to Peter Casey's comments on travellers, the Mayor of Galway Níall McNelis said his remarks are outrageous and far from what we expect from a President or presidential candidate.

The Labour Councillor says the Oireachtas has recognised the status of the Travelling Community as a distinct ethnic group within our country - a group that has long suffered from discrimination, deprivation and exclusion.

Mayor McNeilis says it's time for Mr Casey to withdraw from the contest

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