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Phil Hogan resigns from EU role

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said the Government has lost confidence in EU Commissioner Phil Hogan because of the lack of immediate transparency and communication from him.

It follows the fallout from the Oireachtas golf society dinner in Clifden, Co Galway last week.

However, Mr Ryan said, the Government would respect any decision made by the EU Commission so that "we can all move on" and focus on critical economic and international policy issues.

He said Mr Hogan breached public health advice by attending the event in Clifden, when there was clear Government advice to avoid large congregations.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Ryan also said Mr Hogan was not free to travel around the country, despite having a negative Covid-19 test, saying that this applies in different cases.

Earlier, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly called on Mr Hogan to "listen to the Taoiseach and Tánaiste" and consider resigning.

Minister Donnelly said Mr Hogan should "consider his position" as the impact of the golf event in Clifden, Co Galway, last week has "eroded people's confidence" in Covid-19 safety measures.



Speaking on the same programme, Mr Donnelly said: "What happened in Galway is an absolute disgrace. It is a slap in the face for every man woman and family who has made sacrifices in so many different ways.

"I believe the Commissioner [Phil Hogan] should listen to the Taoiseach and Tánaiste and I agree with their position that he should consider his position," Minister Donnelly said.

"As Minister for Health, I'm less interested in what happens for any one individual. What I have to focus on is making sure we are progressing this virus as well as we can.

"What really annoyed me about Galway is that it eroded people's confidence quite rightly, people were furious and they were right to be furious.

"My message is the virus hasn't gone away. We are at a tipping point in Ireland right now. We must do everything we can to avoid another national lockdown."




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Phil Hogan resigns from EU role following golf controversy



Phil Hogan has said he has resigned from his role as EU Commissioner because controversy over his travel in Ireland during the Covid-19 restrictions was "a distraction" and would have undermined his work in the coming months.

Mr Hogan was among 81 people who attended an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Clifden, Co Galway last week.

Mr Hogan said he took the decision himself to resign.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Hogan said he "deeply regrets" that his trip to Ireland has caused so much upset, anger and concern to people.

He said he broke no law or regulations when he travelled to Ireland, but could have adhered better to the guidelines.

"I felt that the fact that I made these mistakes, notwithstanding the fact that I didn't break the law was a sufficient distraction from the job that I was doing and for the work of the Commission," Mr Hogan said.

He said he has "meditated on this very seriously in the last few days" and came to the conclusion that he should remove the distraction.

In a statement, he said it has been an honour to serve as European Commissioner.

"I believe the project of European Union is our shared continent's crowning achievement: a force for peace and prosperity the likes of which the world has never seen," he said.

"I also believe that Ireland's destiny is deeply European, and that our small, proud, open nation will continue to play an inspiring and proactive role at the heart of the EU."

 
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It has since emerged that Big Phil has been relatively sparing in detailing his restricting his movements, socialising and movements within the country.

Media reports that it is claimed that he was dining at the KClub with two aquaintances the night of his arrival in the State and using the public resort areas of the club during his first week when he said that he was in 'self-isolation'. Media reports also have claim that he dined out within the 14 day self isolation period in Adare Co Limerick (on August 12 prior to playing golf there on Aug 13). It has also been claimed that he travelled to Co Roscommon to socialise.

Methinks that Ursula will not be happy with the 'concise' version of his travel movements provided by Big Phil.


 

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It has since emerged that Big Phil has been relatively sparing in detailing his restricting his movements, socialising and movements within the country.

Media reports that it is claimed that he was dining at the KClub with two aquaintances the night of his arrival in the State and using the public resort areas of the club during his first week when he said that he was in 'self-isolation'. Media reports also have claim that he dined out within the 14 day self isolation period in Adare Co Limerick (on August 12 prior to playing golf there on Aug 13). It has also been claimed that he travelled to Co Roscommon to socialise.

Methinks that Ursula will not be happy with the 'concise' version of his travel movements provided by Big Phil.


Big Phil seems like a Good Time Guy ! Does he ever have Hookers with his Golf ? ?
 

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Why focus on Hogan? What about calleary, buttimer, the judge etc
Calleary and Buttimer had taken their punishment, such as it is. The other politicians named have been suspended from membership of their respective parties. What we don't know of course is the names of all the attendees. For example. former minister and MEP Brian Hayes now of the banking parish was slated to bring three guests who are as of yet unidentified. There are a number of other unknown attendees.


Of course, the readiness of these people many of whom are within circles of power and privilege to socialise like this begs the questions of whether they consider there is one rule for them and one for the 'ordinary people' and/or whether they regard the virus as not as much a threat to humanity as it is made out to be.

Many of them would be in the older age category and therefore at greater risk from the virus so why would they attend a dinner involving socialising is a legitimate question to ask. Has this been put to any of them by the mainstream media?

This is of course apart from the example they are giving to the people.
 

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Calleary and Buttimer had taken their punishment, such as it is. The other politicians named have been suspended from membership of their respective parties. What we don't know of course is the names of all the attendees. For example. former minister and MEP Brian Hayes now of the banking parish was slated to bring three guests who are as of yet unidentified. There are a number of other unknown attendees.


Of course, the readiness of these people many of whom are within circles of power and privilege to socialise like this begs the questions of whether they consider there is one rule for them and one for the 'ordinary people' and/or whether they regard the virus as not as much a threat to humanity as it is made out to be.

Many of them would be in the older age category and therefore at greater risk from the virus so why would they attend a dinner involving socialising is a legitimate question to ask. Has this been put to any of them by the mainstream media?

This is of course apart from the example they are giving to the people.
They know its all bullshit. The politicians, the media heads, the judges - ALL OF THEM.
 
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