“Absolute Rubbish”

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Former Environment Minister Phil Hogan

On foot of Phil Hogan being confirmed as the European Union’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, he spoke to Seán O’Rourke earlier.

During the interview he addressed the matter of Independent MEP Nessa Childers writing to all the members of the Social Democrats group – 191 members – of the European Parliament, in which she said she had “serious reservations” about Mr Hogan getting the EU Commissioner post.

Ms Childers specifically wrote about how Mr Hogan, as Environment Minister, had written to some of his constituents in Kilkenny, telling them a Traveller family – Patrick and Brigid Carthy and their seven children – would not be moved to a house near them.

Phil Hogan: “Can I say that the assertions made by Nessa Childers are absolute rubbish and they will be dealt with at the European Parliament, if they arise, and they will be dealt with in the courts, in due course.”

Seán O’Rourke: “And then, more recently, there was the story on Sunday last, to the effect you knew far more than you were admitting about the detailed costs being run up by Irish Water in their establishment, particularly in regard to consultants, and you didn’t tell the full story.”

Hogan: “And that’s absolute rubbish as well, Seán. And I know that there has to be bit of a silly season but this is a silly season story where I’ve done, where I’ve actually, on regular occasions to the Dáil, and indeed the Irish Water company told the European, told the environment committee and the public accounts committee, I’ve explained all of the headings that the company have to work with, in order to give indicative allocations of money, for, to set up a new company. I don’t expect that anyone, or didn’t expect that anyone would set up a new company without it costing some money. Irish Water, by its establishment, is saving considerable amount of money already in various schemes right around Ireland and it shows the importance of water quality and the investment that’s required in water and sewage treatment plants if we want a competitive Ireland and, indeed a competitive Europe.”

O’Rourke: “I know that’s, and I suppose that’s the big principle of this thing and that’s why it was set up but in regard to your own knowledge of the detail, did you effectively hide the extent of that detailed knowledge?”

Hogan: “No, I certainly indicated that there was a overall figure required to establish a new company and, in due course, the, all of the tendering procedures have to go through one of the various headings and under the various systems that have been put in place to set up a new commercial, semi-State company. And it will be seen, in time, Seán, that it was worthwhile and that Irish Water got on with the job of implementing a very important program for the country, to create jobs and sustain jobs for the year ahead. If we don’t have good water quality, we won’t have jobs in Ireland and we won’t have good public health.”

Listen back in full here

Previously: The Negative Noise Around Phil Hogan

Anything Good In ‘The Parliament’?

Dear EU Commission

Big Phil’s Fat Gypsy Prejudice

Turning The Story On Its Head

Why Did Phil Hogan Stop Six Separate Planning Inquiries?

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17 thoughts on ““Absolute Rubbish”

      1. Sadface

        This is a pratucular highlight for me “And it will be seen, in time, Seán, that it was worthwhile …”
        (When i have my TD Pension and Pension from the Commissioners job,just as im appointed to the Board of Denis O’Brien’s recently aquired company Irish water)..

  1. Odis

    Give it a couple of weeks and the Indo will be publishing gloating articles, along the lines of the British commissioner being put in charge sheds and spare chairs.

    It shows the high esteem our European partners hold us in, after our spectacular economic recovery, and Dublin house prices etc.

  2. Llareggub

    Massively embarrassing and disappointing to have that bumbling inarticulate racist potato-headed sleeveen as a European Union Commissioner. And the hack of him too!

  3. Disasta

    Sure isn’t that pr!ck from the Esat Digifone debacle still getting his 100 grand a year.
    This place makes me sick. And the worst part is that it will continue forever as no one does jack sh!t about it.

    Everyone seems happy to just have a moan and be glad they were not born in one of the countries that’s more corrupt (or war torn) than ours.

  4. Ahjayzis

    Great to see committed, selfless public servants getting ahead…

    Sigh…

    Good news that Maire Geoghan Quinn can go back to her full pension now for that work she did for a few years two decades ago.

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