Let's ask what EU can do for us while Hogan's there
Nomination to the EU Commission is often described as the biggest plum that any Taoiseach can hand out. Not all the recipients find it to their taste.
Sometimes it has gone to outstanding men who would move on to greater things. P J Hillery served two terms as President of Ireland. Peter Sutherland negotiated a world trade agreement and became chairman of Goldman Sachs.
Others sank without trace, and still others are remembered for a mixture of comedy and controversy.