The Union of Students in Ireland is to boycott a ‘radio project’ featuring Donegal’s former Presidential Peter Casey.

The Greencastle resident is working with Newstalk on what is being described as a "new radio project."

Newstalk has confirmed they are working with the 61-year-old (pictured), a surprise runner-up to Michael D Higgins in the Presidential election, on a project to be broadcast early in the New Year.

A spokesperson denied the former Dragon’s Den star would be replacing George Hook, who recently announced he was leaving the station.

“Peter Casey will not present his own show on Newstalk or host a regular slot.

“Newstalk is working with Peter Casey on a project due to be broadcast in the New Year,” a Communicorp spokesperson said.

It is understood Casey’s project will centre around topics he touched on during his Presidential campaign.

The Union of Students in Ireland president Síona Cahill said they would not be taking part after receiving an invite from the station.

She 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.”

She concluded: “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.”

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