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Latest Irish Water revelations emphasise Hogan's unsuitability for EU Commission - Matt Carthy MEP

28 September, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that Phil Hogan’s stated position that he didn’t know about the level of consultancy costs attached to establishment of Irish Water is laced with contradiction. Carthy said that the latest revelations provided further evidence as to why Mr Hogan is not suitable for the position of EU Agriculture Commissioner.

Mr Carthy was speaking after it was revealed, on RTÉ Radio One’s This Week Programme, that Phil Hogan not only had knowledge of the costs but that he also signed documentation detailing these consultancy costs as far back as December, 2012.

Speaking today, Matt Carthy said:

“Back in January of this year, Mr Hogan adamantly denied knowledge of the €50 million in consultancy fees attached to the establishment of Irish Water.

“Now we are told that this paper trail shows that he not only had knowledge of the consultancy contracts but he also signed-off on documentation detailing these contracts.

“It is clear now that Mr Hogan’s established position on this issue is laced with contradiction.

“I would like to know why Phil Hogan sought to mislead people when he was originally questioned on this matter.

“This is yet another controversy that is likely to be raised when Mr Hogan comes before the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee in Brussels on Thursday as MEP's assess his suitability as a commissioner.

“While I am keen to see Ireland hold the agriculture commission, it is my position that Mr Hogan is completely unsuitable to hold the position. These new revelations put increased emphasis on questions of transparency and competence during his time as Minister for Environment and Local Government.”

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