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Dublin asks EU trade boss Hogan to consider quitting over golfgate

Irelands Prime Minister Micheál Martin and Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar have asked EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan to “consider his position” over his attendance at a golf society dinner that broke the countrys coronavirus restrictions, according to Irish media.

“The Taoiseach (prime minister) and the Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) did speak with Commissioner Hogan today and asked him to consider his position,” a government spokeswoman said in a statement published by the Sunday Independent newspaper on Saturday evening, and also reported by Reuters.

“They both believe that the event should never have been held, that the Commissioners apology came late and that he still needs to give a full account and explanations of his actions,” the statement added.

Hogan has clung onto his high-powered EU role after attending the parliamentary golf societys dinner on Wednesday evening along with some 80 others.

The fact that both major parties, including the leader of Hogans own Fine Gael party, are now asking him to consider resigning marks a significant increase in pressure on Hogan.

Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary resigned Friday over his presence at the function, with both major parties Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael reprimanding their members for attending.

The commissioners first reaction, in a statement, was to say he only went to the event after receiving assurances it would comply with Irelands coronavirus rules, which were strengthened the daRead More – Source

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