Minister wades into row over top EU job
Published 26/11/2011 | 05:00
ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan has condemned the current holder of a top EU job for criticising Department of Finance chief Kevin Cardiff's nomination to the European Court of Auditors.
Mr Hogan accused Eoin O'Shea, who was nominated to the position two years ago by Fianna Fail, of waging a campaign against Mr Cardiff.
Mr O'Shea sent an email to two MEPs ahead of a vote to decide whether Mr Cardiff would become his successor, linking him to the banking collapse and loan transactions involving Anglo Irish Bank.
The minister said: "I think it is totally wrong for an existing member of the Court of Auditors to interfere.
"I am glad he (Mr O'Shea) has apologised for that but Mr Cardiff remains the government nomination."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government still maintained that Mr Cardiff was the best candidate for the job.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore also said the Government was standing by the nomination of Mr Cardiff to the court.