From left:  Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar, and Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness MEP

One of his own?

But who?


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47 thoughts on “Irreplaceable

  1. GiggidyGoo

    Annie Oakely and Fitzer’s names have been bandied about. If either of those get this position, that would be another insult to Von der Leyen and the EU.

  2. Col

    Just thinking about the “optics”. Leo & Micheál will be very aware that Golfgate highlighted an old image of crooked, crony politics. It’s an image they very much want to put behind them (I presume).
    Picking Bertie would be….. unhelpful. To say the least.

    EDIT- I’m not saying there was anything crooked going on, but it’s the “same old politics” & “Galway tent” conversations that this has inspired.

    1. goldenbrown

      yeah, “New Politics” heeheee

      I guess we’ll find out soon enough…but there seems to be large assumptions going on that whomever it is will get to simply pick up the portfolio (off the back seat of Phil’s motor :) :) ) I reckon it could go to anyone but us pixieheads


      1. Janet, dreams of big guns

        you should check out presbyterian if you wanna see a bunch of dry dry folks,
        hindus now, they like a giggle

  3. SOQ

    I think Bertie would be a good choice- despite his faults of which there are many, he was a champion of the Good Friday Agreement and his appointment would be very popular in the north.

      1. SOQ

        Because what happens there directly affects what happens here.

        You may think of the two jurisdictions as separate entities but you clearly have little knowledge of the border region and how interdependent the communities are there now.

        1. Zaccone

          Should we also make our appointment dependent on what pleases the English? They’re only across the Irish sea, and are very interdependent with us.

          NI’s residents are residents of an entirely different country to us, their opinion is of no relevance to politics here.

          1. SOQ

            You memory is obviously failing you. NI’s unique status between the two countries is what had the British houses of Parliament toed in knots for over a year? And, it was the Irish government who were insisting that it’s special status must be retained.

        2. Brother Barnabas

          I’m aware how interdependent the border communities are – but that has zilch to do with our choice of commissioner

          it would be bizarre to base the decision of how it will be received within a jurisdiction that’s leaving the EU

          1. SOQ

            But NI is not leaving, at least not in the same way as GB. The GFA must be protected and I happen to think that Bertie is the best person to do it.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            NI will follow some EU rules and enforce EU customs code, but it is ‘leaving’ the EU

    1. george

      Any alleged popularity in the north would be completely negated by how incredibly unpopular that appointment would be everywhere else except Drumcondra. It will be a Fine Gael person. It has been agreed that FF will appoint the next commissioner if the government survives. For Michael Martin to appoint Bertie would result in the collapse of the government.

      The nominee also isn’t automatically accepted. France’s first nominee to the current commission was rejected due to questions over her finances. Bertie would be rejected too due to the many unanswered questions over his own finances and previous tribunal findings.

  4. GiggidyGoo

    So Von der Layen says that Ireland must nominate a woman and a man for this position.

    – Helen McEntee may be a good choice as she can’t have been totally indoctrinated into the totality of the quagmire that is Irish Politics yet.
    – Surprised that Varadkar isn’t high up the list, given his penchant for the limelight.(Still would like to know if Hogan’s version of having met him on 12th August is true mind you as it doesn’t add up to Hogan’s timeline of that day (went home that evening after meeting Varadkar, to Kilkenny, yet was in Adare at the same time?) Something fishy.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      last time round, we sent them phil hogan so they’re probably not expecting anything too hot from us this time

        1. Cian

          Maybe they could see if either Mary Mitchell O’Connor or Maria Bailey are still looking for a job?

    2. george

      I don’t get this. There were no such conditions on other member states who picked their own commissioners. Now she wants a competitive process?

      1. CJay

        There were. We just ignored her request last time. Not sure we’re in a position to do that this time..

      1. bisted

        …ex-Taoisigh will be elbowing their way to the top of the list…but who’ll be the token woman…failure is definitely gender neutral…

        1. GiggidyGoo

          If there have to be two nominations, then who decides the winner, who today has come first in this competition which decides who, indeed, has succeeded in this celebration etc. etc.

  5. d

    no way would michael martin allow bertie to be the commissioner from ireland.
    id say it will be a woman. helen mcentee looks very strong being seen to be part of brexit negotiations.
    frances fitzgerald could also.
    not as many FF females with as high a profile.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Fitz has a lot of baggage though. McEntee would be a better bet as she’s rubbed shoulders (before Covid-19) with the people that matter [in relation to Brexit anyway] and hasn’t really put a foot wrong. And no baggage.
      (Doherty may be happy if McEntee did get the calling, as she may think she’d once again get to the Dail)

  6. GiggidyGoo

    Paul Kehoe smarting over his mate Phil’s dumping. And sure, why wouldn’t he? Sure didn’t Kehoe get a great bargain when he bought the house from Hogan. The house that Kehoe had rental income from but ‘forgot’ to declare it in his members interests, saying it was his residence – but he had been renting it out.

  7. Frilly Keane, Rebooted, Live and Dangerous

    My earlier post doesn’t appear to have made the cut
    So in brief

    Replacement won’t be a sitting TD
    That would reduce the Whip numbers
    And make Sinn Féin the biggest Party in the Dáil

    Unless they’re 100% on the By-election. In which case more likely Richard Bruton or Patrick Donovan (‘help us all ) if it’s to be a Blueshirt

    My money is in the Mná tho’
    Regina, Mairead or even Francie Fitz
    From the eFFers – Lisa Chambers is about the only one worth shortlisting
    But more likely they’ll go with a disappointed oul’ FFella over Chambers. In which case Callery might yet get some gravy as his seat will be won back handily enough. And a win would do Michéal the world of good, especially a By-election one

    My missing post updated ye on the Brian Hayes party of three (plus btw)

    I’m not inclined to repeat meself
    All in my Twitter feed anyway

    If anyone has a book open
    A tenner on Regina

  8. Daisy Chainsaw

    If Bertie is being touted, then there wasn’t much point in getting rid of the Hog. Swapping out one cute hoor for another makes no sense.

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