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Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan lashes out at fellow MEP Brian Hayes

18 September, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has severely criticised fellow MEP Brian Hayes for publicly supporting EU Financial Services Commissioner-designate Jonathan Hill.

Speaking in Strasbourg, the Sinn Féin MEP said:

“Brian Hayes has decided to inform us all that former British lobbyist Jonathan Hill is the right choice for Ireland’s financial services and for the EU.

“It is simply laughable that Hayes can come out with such a statement after a brief, behind closed doors meeting with Hill.

“There is absolutely no indication whatsoever that this appointment will be good for Ireland’s financial services, as he suggests. The Commissioner-designate is still subject to a three hour public hearing, where he will be questioned prior to any appointment. No doubt those questions will include his links with the City of London and his activities as a lobbyist. It might have made sense for Brian Hayes to delay making his public announcement of support for Hill until after that hearing.

“For Hayes, and presumably the government, to decide that Hill is the right man for Ireland’s financial services after a brief meeting is reminiscent of the way financial regulatory appointments were made in Ireland, and we all know where that led.

“I and my fellow Sinn Féin MEPs will not be making any fawning announcements of support concerning this appointment. We will assess the former lobbyist’s suitability for the position of EU Financial Services Commissioner after the hearing into his appointment on October 1st.

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