Childers questions Hogan's EU suitability
An Irish MEP has written to the socialist group in the European parliament raising "serious reservations" over the suitability of Ireland's commissioner designate Phil Hogan.
In a letter penned to 190 parliament members, Independent MEP Nessa Childers raised issue with the then Environment Minister's request to a council to stop a Traveller family getting a house after complaints were raised with him as the local TD.
At the time, Mr Hogan denied claims he had been racist or involved in an abuse of power in the matter of housing for the Traveller family.
Ms Childers stated in the letter seen by the Parliament Magazine that the appointment of Mr Hogan would "send a very ominous signal to those who suffer and fight discrimination in Europe, on ethnic and on other grounds".
However, Ms Childers does stop short of calling on her parliament colleagues to reject the Fine Gael politician's appointment. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to increase efforts in the coming days to get an influential post for Mr Hogan.