Gilmore refuses to rule himself out of Commissioner job
Tanaiste Eamon Glmore has refused to rule himself out of the running for the coveted position of Ireland’s European Commissioner.
Speculation remains rife within political circles that Labour are pushing to secure the top job for Mr Gilmore, who will depart as Labour leader tomorrow.
Fine Gael sources are adamant that Environment Minister Phil Hogan will fill the position, which comes with a €250,000 salary.
However, Labour minister Kathleen Lynch today insisted that the appointment of Mr Hogan as Commissioner has not yet been finalised, suggesting that Mr Gilmore is in line to take the job.
Speaking to independent.ie this morning, the Tanaiste refused to rule himself out of contention.
“I keep reading about it, it is a matter for the Taoiseach and the new leader of the labour party and I have really nothing more to say on it,” he said.
“I keep reading the speculation, this is a matter for the Taoiseach and the new Leader of the Labour Party to bring a recommendation to government,” he added.
Asked whether he would like to remain in cabinet following next week’s reshuffle, Mr Gilmore replied:
“I made it clear I intend to remain active in public life that remains the position. It’s entirely up to the discretion of the new leader of the party, what role, if any, I’ll play in that.”
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is believed to have already began planning the distribution of Labour positions at cabinet ahead of her expected election as Labour leader tomorrow.
Ruairi Quinn announced yesterday that he is stepping down as Education Minister before the next cabinet is announced.
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte is among the veteran government figures expected to be given the boot.