Friday 18 October 2019

Women who could replace commissioner

Mairead McGuinness. Photo: PA
Mairead McGuinness. Photo: PA
Frances Fitzgerald (Niall Carson/PA)
European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Heather Humphreys. Photo: Steve Humphreys Newsdesk Newsdesk

If the Government was forced to nominate a female alternative to Phil Hogan, then these four Fine Gael women could be in the frame:

Mairead McGuinness: An MEP since 2004 and recently re-elected as European Parliament vice-president, she commands respect in Brussels, is well-versed in EU matters and is a strong defender of Ireland's Brexit cause.


Frances Fitzgerald: Only recently elected as an MEP, but the former tánaiste and justice minister has a wealth of experience and was linked to the job prior to running for the European Parliament.


Helen McEntee: The European Affairs Minister is a fixture at EU summits, where she has got to know the people that matter in Brussels. She's also a competent media performer and would be one of the youngest ever European commissioners if she was put forward for the job.


Heather Humphreys: The Business Minister has been quietly effective in her portfolio and skilful in managing to deflect much of the heat over the Mercosur trade deal elsewhere.

Irish Independent

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