USI President, Longford's Síona Cahill opts to boycott Peter Casey Show on Newstalk
The Union of Students in Ireland President, Longford's Síona Cahill has indicated she will not be participating in the Peter Casey show on Newstalk next week, after being approached by the station.
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In a statement released today, the USI said, “The Union of Students in Ireland will not be giving platform to the Peter Casey show by participating as a guest. The USI does not condone racism or discrimination. We took a strong stance against Peter Casey’s racist comments during the presidential election season and will continue to express solidarity with Traveller students at Third Level. Equality is a core value for the USI, as is respect for ethnic minorities, including the Travelling community.
"The Union of Students in Ireland have for many years worked alongside Newstalk to provide important information on issues faced by students and look forward to continuing to do so, however will not align the national movement with Peter Casey in any regard.
"As an organisation, we wish to engage in respectful discussion and debates."