Thursday 18 December 2014

Gilmore refuses to rule out role in Brussels

Niall O'Connor and Lise Hand

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

Eamon Gilmore at the Right to Read Campaign in the Charleville Mall library, North Strand, Dublin, yesterday.

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore 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 is pushing to secure the top job for Mr Gilmore.

Fine Gael sources are adamant that Phil Hogan will fill the position.

However, Labour minister Kathleen Lynch insisted that the appointment of Mr Hogan as commissioner has not yet been finalised. And speaking yesterday morning, the Tanaiste refused to rule himself out of contention.

"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."

Irish Independent

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