Still In The Frame


From left: Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinnness MEP, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney

This afternoon.

Trough latest!

Via RTÉ News:

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he is not ruling himself out as a candidate to replace Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next European commissioner.

But, he said, he would need to be convinced that he would add “significant value” to Ireland’s chances of increasing its profile within the commission and said he is aware that Taoiseach Micheál Martin and his team are currently trying to establish if that would be the case…


It is also understood MEP Frances Fitzgerald is interested in the job and fellow MEP and European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness has already publicly declared her interest.

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Green Party leader will meet this evening to discuss the nomination.

Coveney not ruling himself out of commission post (RTÉ)


20 thoughts on “Still In The Frame

  1. frank

    If Frances gets this gig all is lost.
    I don’t think much of the other two, but Frances!!! Holy gickballs we’ll be in the hotpoopdoodah

    1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      Francis will first have to check with Terry whether Francis wants hand, act or part in this job.

  2. Cian

    If he gets it a by-election in Cork South-Central would be interesting. The 2020 first preferences in the 4-seater went:
    FF 35.46% [Martin, Micheál & McGrath, Michael]
    SF 24.60% [Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh]
    FG 21.27% [Coveney, Simon]
    GP 9.41%

    FF should be able to gain that seat – if they can find a suitable candidate.

    FF should

  3. Frilly Keane, Rebooted, Live and Dangerous


    And not just him and the Bluesnots

    They’re never going to force a By-election in Cork South Central

    1. They’ll be giving a seat to Sinn Féin, making them the biggest party in the current Dáil, and
    2. Making them the biggest Party in Cork South Central, and then
    3. Making His MM no 4 – the next without reaching the quota there

    Risk all that and losing a Fine Gael seat

    Cop on

    Ohhhh my
    Where are my manners
    Ye wanted to wait for one of the fellas to point all that out

    As a former Taoiseach would say
    That’s wimmin for ye

    1. Cian

      Sorry V – one of the fellas beat ya to it! :-P

      But with the opposite conclusion. FF had a 10 point lead over SF in GE2020.
      The three government parties got 65% of the first preferences.

        1. Cian

          Oh, I though you said “They’re never going to force a By-election in Cork South Central”.

          Silly me. Up the Mná!

          1. frank

            …oh wait I wasn’t listening because detail isn’t really ‘our’ thing.
            repost – “Up the Mná!”
            Sweet Jesus christ.
            This is what we’re dealing with.

    2. Brother Barnabas

      if it did happen, though, who would SF run? have they done any work on growing their candidate numbers since february ?

      1. Frilly Keane, Rebooted, Live and Dangerous

        Couldn’t tell ya
        But in Cork there Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (24.5%) is well got
        And his family well known and respected throughout the City

        He would have no problem attracting someone equally accomplished to join him in that Constituency
        Nor would he, or any of his background team, have a problem with sharing the ticket with a running mate
        Unlike- say, the Dublin SC Shinners

    3. Kate

      We surely have already “increased our profile”with dinner with judges, vulture funds, politicians and Roadrunner Hogan .LOL.
      Stock up on popcorn GG.

  4. george

    His comments won’t impress the President of the Commission who decides who gets the job. The purpose of the job is not to benefit Ireland so if he’s saying that’s the only reason he would want it isn’t very wise.

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