Creighton, not Hogan, should go to Brussels
Former Europe minister would stand greatest chance of landing big-hitting role when commissioner portfolios are handed out, writes Dan O'Brien
The practice of doling out important public jobs for purely political reasons is so embedded that it is often taken for granted. The gifting of Ireland's European commissionership by the government of the day is a case in point.
Since Ray MacSharry went to Brussels 25 years ago, subsequent appointments by successive governments have been made for reasons of convenience, expediency or as a "reward". The best interests of the country and the boosting of influence in Europe - which should be the only real criteria considered - have hardly entered into the equation.
Ireland is certainly not alone in the haphazard and politicised way it uses its right to nominate a commissioner, but some countries are more strategic than others.