Geoghegan-Quinn 'entitled to give opinion on Seanad vote as politician'
EUROPEAN Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton has defended Maire Geoghegan-Quinn's intervention in the Seanad debate after the European Commissioner said she will vote No in the referendum to abolish it.
Although commissioners are allowed comment on domestic politics – but not party politics – it is unusual for them to do so, especially Irish commissioners.
Ms Geoghegan-Quinn this week told the Seanad she will take "great pleasure" in voting No in the October poll.
But Ms Creighton said: "Maire Geoghegan-Quinn is a politician and she's absolutely entitled to hold political views. She's also obviously a towering figure in terms of her domestic political career, so she's fully entitled to express an opinion."
Ms Geoghegan-Quinn declined to elaborate on her views when approached yesterday.