Women who could replace commissioner
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.