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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Taoiseach: Hogan will get influential EU position

By Lise Hand in Ballaghaderreen

Published 02/09/2014 | 14:33

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Commissioner designate: Phil Hogan
Commissioner designate: Phil Hogan

THE Taoiseach said today that he is confident that Ireland’s Commissioner designate Phil Hogan will secure an influential portfolio in the EU.

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“I don’t have any doubts about Phil Hogan’s capacity to be awarded a significant commissionership,” he said.

EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has warned that if he does not get more women nominees, that the top jobs would be given to female nominees. However Mr Kenny said that he had spoken to Mr Juncker in Brussels during last weekend’s summit. “We made a very constructive case that Ireland would have a preference for a Commissionership that would be associated with investment and jobs,with growth and stability,” he said. “He made it perfectly clear to me and to others that this commission would be his appointment, and he expects to make those nominations in the next few days”

Also, speaking in advance of the release of the latest Exchequer returns later today which are expected to be substantial, the Taoiseach warned that any Budget decisions will be made “against the background of continuing to make Ireland competitive. We are not in a position to write endless cheques, nor will we be. We still have a fragile economy and we have to be cognisant of that”.

Mr Kenny was speaking at the official opening of the N5 Ballaghadarreen Bypass in Roscommon. The 14km-long bypass, which was completed three months ahead of schedule, will remove about 4,000 vehicles from the town.

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