Ear To The Ground


Mairead McGuinness

This morning.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced that Mairead McGuinness is to be Ireland’s new European Commissioner.

She will take over the Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union portfolio.

Former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis has been given the Trade portfolio, left vacant following the resignation of Phil Hogan….

EC President names McGuinness as Ireland’s commissioner (RTÉ)


11 thoughts on “Ear To The Ground

    1. goldenbrown

      ah now that’s a bit strong
      as the Commissioner for Office Stationary she’ll make sure we all have enough staplers, postits and highlighters to eat when very very hard Brexit goes down

    2. Boj

      If a leader of something in Europe is a certain nationality, then that nation will get looked after more than other EU countries…sounds dodgy to me!

    3. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      Having an Irish commissioner for financial services is bad news for City of London if UK Brexit negotiators continue playing hard/dodge ball. Not as cough-softening as trade, but surely still formidable leverage for our interests.

      1. Kate

        She will read the emails of the economist, former finance minister , former Prime Minister , now EU Trade Commissioner Dombrovskis on financial services. Her influence on financial matters gave me a good giggle.

        1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

          I think that’s a better description of what Frances Fitzgerald would have done in the role.
          I like MMcG, and I’ll give here more credit.

  1. GiggidyGoo

    I wonder will The Examiner pursue their questioning of herself about whether she adhered to the Covid rules in Ireland with regard to her trips to and from Brussels the past few months. She’s refusing to answer. If it turns out she didn’t adhere to them, then shouldn’t she go the same was as Pig Fill? And how would that leave Ursula’s reputation?

  2. bisted

    …big Phil didn’t need anyone to squeal on him…he was a victim of his own hubris…anyway, if you follow the money, the biggest beneficiary from todays appointment stands to be Brian Hayes and he was at #golfgate…

    1. Vanessanelle

      He was set up – and he carried on exactly as they and even we would have, predicted
      Donohue has had it in for Pig Fill since last year at a thing when Pig stuck the knife into Paschal & made a very public show of him and the CU Regulator Patrick Casey
      Huge Uproar at the time
      But hushed up here

      Getting bestest Finance Minister in Europe was no fluke

      Brian Hayes is a lackie, a duty manager; he’s Baldrick
      He’ll grease slick his way over to the corner to pick his pimples until they want him again
      He’s getting well looked after, and he gets to strut and live the life
      But he’s no CEO Head Honcho of a local Lobby Group
      He’s every bit the empty shirt now that he was when he was a Jnr Minister in Finance

      Admittedly, not a bad gig all the same
      wouldn’t say no meself tbh

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