Sinn Féin’s Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging him to reconsider the nomination of Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner.
“Phil Hogan has been a poor, ineffective Minister. Apart from the fact that he has been responsible for implementing some of the worst policies of this government’s Austerity agenda he has actually made a mess of so many elements within his brief that regardless of one’s political viewpoint it is clear that he is not up to the job of taking Ireland’s place on the European Commission.
“It is clear that he has been nominated because of his loyalty to Enda Kenny rather than his ability to deliver for Ireland.
“Couple that with the questions that will undoubtedly be raised by MEPs and European observers when the ratification process begins, there is no doubt that this will be a difficult sell for the government.
“Phil Hogan can expect to be questioned about his record of appointing cronies to state boards, his boasts of preventing a travelling family accessing housing and his questionable mention in the Moriarty tribunal report. For a government that talks so much about our international reputation does the Taoiseach believe that such questions about our Commission nominee will be good for Ireland?
“I have listened to some commentators talk about the need for MEPs to ‘wear the green jersey’ but I contend that the government, if it insists on nominating Phil Hogan, will be putting the interests of Fine Gael ahead of those of the country.
“I am therefore calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to save Ireland a lot of embarrassment by nominating somebody who will inspire the confidence of not just MEPs and governments but the people of this state and across Europe.”