Hogan's bully-boy tactics contrast dramatically with other Commissioners-designate - Lynn Boylan MEP
Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan has come under further attack today as Irish MEPs turn up the heat on the former TD.
As hearings into the appointments of Commissioners began in Brussels today, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan is the latest MEP to question Hogan's credentials.
Speaking prior to the hearings today, Lynn Boylan said:
"Phil Hogan seems to have difficulty in grasping how the appointments of European Commissioners work, a fact which is quite worrying as he attempts to block questions through legal letters to my fellow Dublin MEP Nessa Childers.
"The hearings are intended to give MEPs an opportunity to question Commissioners-designate. It is intended to be somewhat different to the ongoing cronyism that we see at home, which might be difficult for Phil Hogan to understand. The hearings are even streamed live so that there is an air of openness about them. This is not intended to be back-room politics.
"Other Commissioners-designate have been subject to ongoing public questioning and, as in Phil Hogan's case, letters of criticism have been circulated to all MEPs. Yet only one Commissioner-designate has decided that he will attempt to shut down legitimate questioning through legal letters to an MEP and that person is Phil Hogan.
"I have spoken to many other MEPs and they are very annoyed at Hogan's attitude. It has not only reflected badly on him but on Ireland as well. His use of bully-boy tactics contrasts dramatically with other Commissioners-designate and is quite embarrassing for other Irish MEPs. Even before Thursday's committee hearing takes place Phil Hogan's disdain for criticism has shown that he is not suitable for the job in hand".