Ursula And Duress


President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has sought further Golfgate details and clarifications from Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan

This morning/afternoon.

Following growing calls for Phil Hogan to resign his post as Ireland EU Trade Commissioner….

Via RTÉ news:

“This is a matter which requires careful assessment on our side. This is a matter where details count,” spokesperson Dana Spinant told a news briefing this morning.

“Therefore, the president has required Commissioner Hogan to provide a full report. The president has received such a report from Commissioner Hogan last night. She is now looking at it… the president has requested further clarifications because details are important and she wishes to have them.”

Ms Spinant added that it was difficult for the Commission to establish if Mr Hogan’s reported movements between Kildare, Kilkenny and Galway were in line with Irish regulations, “which differ county to county”.

Pressed by reporters on the issue of Mr Hogan being cautioned by gardaí for using his mobile phone while driving, Ms Spinant said traffic incidents are for local police authorities to address.

EU President Von der Leyen seeking further details from Hogan (RTÉ)

Previously: Big Phil And Little Séamus


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30 thoughts on “Ursula And Duress

  1. george

    No it isn’t difficult. The regulations say not to travel in or out of Kildare and he did. Disingenuous to say regulations vary county to country when it is only Kildare where the regulations differ from the rest of the country.

  2. John F

    There is something going on here,
    a part of me thinks that it was Fine Gael official’s that originally leaked the whole thing or at the very least sought to capitalise on it. This whole affair has been particularly embarrassing for Fianna fall. It seems that social events in Galway are something they should stay away from, first the Galway races tent and now this!
    This coalition will not last out the year, Leo is jockeying for position in the next election. Perhaps there are certain forces in FF that know this and are retaliating by demanding the resignation of Phil Hogan and the FG Supreme Court judge.
    It could be argued that with the Brexit negotiations nearing their conclusion it would have been useful for Ireland to have a senior official close to the whole thing. But I have no confidence that the Hogan would act in the national interest. He hasn’t up to now.
    All one can do is grab some popcorn, watch the game and see where the chips fall!
    The real story here that I feel is being ignored is that powerful official’s know that the lockdown is bovine manure and overhyped. They wouldn’t have gone otherwise.

    Poor Michael, I almost feel sorry for him……………. almost!

    1. John

      Who inside FF I wonder would have leaked this?
      Wasn’t Jim O’Callaghan on the radio at the weekend being all supportive and only asking questions….

        1. AKA Frilly Keane

          Speaking of which

          Wasn’t it at last years Oireachtas Golf outing that his brother Brian took a turn

          Good job Dr Harty (who seems to be getting off lightly this year) was on hand

          As I remember anyway

    2. delacaravanio

      “the Brexit negotiations nearing their conclusion”

      They’re going nowhere. Fast. Barnier said as much recently. Not enough time and too little detail.

    1. AKA Frilly Keane

      If his thick neck doesn’t save him

      his defence of Huawei in the EU will

      If he goes at all it’ll be because Ursula will wind up the current commission,
      Or he gets himself a better gig

      1. Brother Barnabas

        last time he resigned was because he knew there was a better role coming

        he’s already well out of his depth now – could hardly do any better

          1. Brother Barnabas

            yeah, true

            hopefully he learned something from the collective eye-roll that bit of delusion elicited

  3. GiggidyGoo

    A link above links to Von der Layen’s Coronavirus opinion. She’ll not be soft on Philo, especially after him giving an incomplete account to her.

    “An Orderly Covexit”
    Bodger at 6:15 pm April 15, 2020

    I suppose we could look at it as Ireland leading the way once again – if the EU has any liathroidi – the first Commissioner to be sacked. Punching above our weight.

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