A close friend of Stephen’s father and his companion in consuming alcohol, John Casey shares the same political views as Simon. A staunch believer in Irish independence and national idea, Casey has even been arrested for his heated public speeches on the support of Charles Stewart Parnell. He criticized the way Catholic Church reacted to the liaison of this extraordinary politician as unpatriotic. When Stephen was allowed to sit at the dinner table on Christmas for the first time, Casey got involved into an angry argument with Mrs. Riordan, an avid Catholic, about the actions of the Catholic Church and how it worsened the chances of Parnell to solve the problem of Irish independence.
Mr. John Casey in the Essays