Thursday 14 December 2017

Hogan refuses to rule himself out for plum European post

Phil Hogan
Phil Hogan

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan has refused to rule himself out as a candidate for the post of European Commissioner.

The term of Ireland's current EU Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, expires next year and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will have the power to nominate her replacement.

Mr Hogan, who has been tipped for the post along with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, refused to rule himself out when asked out it on RTE's Today with Sean O'Rourke show.

"I leave all that to the Taoiseach. I'll wait till he rings me," he said.

Mr Hogan, who is one of Mr Kenny's closest allies, did rule out the prospect of any of the Fine Gael TDs who voted against the abortion bill running for Fine Gael in the next general election.

"I think the Taoiseach made it perfectly clear that there would be no way back for them between now and the next general election," he said.

He denied that Fine Gael was engaging in political totalitarianism, saying that 95pc of the Fine Gael TDs and Senators had voted for the abortion bill and been loyal to the the party.

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