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Bad timing forces Hogan to bow out of the WTO job race - but Donohoe may benefit

John Downing


   

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Tactical move: Phil Hogan has announced that he will not follow through on his initial intention to campaign for the role of World Trade Organisation head.
PHOTO: FERGAL PHILLIPS

Tactical move: Phil Hogan has announced that he will not follow through on his initial intention to campaign for the role of World Trade Organisation head. PHOTO: FERGAL PHILLIPS

Tactical move: Phil Hogan has announced that he will not follow through on his initial intention to campaign for the role of World Trade Organisation head. PHOTO: FERGAL PHILLIPS

The timing meant Phil Hogan's bid to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was just not worth the risk.

When he expressed an interest early in June, it looked as if a swift decision could be made on filling the vacancy at the Geneva-based organisation in time to meet the September 1 deadline.

Now the timetable is set to drag on quite a bit, posing a serious decision for the Irish EU Commissioner. So, Phil Hogan - who celebrates his 60th birthday on Saturday - bowed to the inevitable and took his name out of the race.