EU Commissioner

  • Following Phil Hogan's resignation as Ireland's EU Commissioner last night, the Taoiseach says the three Government party leaders will meet to discuss this successor.

    Mr Martin says the shared objective is to nominate a person of a very high calibre, and says they will respond to the request of the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to nominate a man and a woman.

    At attention turns to possible successors, Leo Varadker appears to have ruled himself out.

    Asked if he would be interested in the European Commission job, the Fine Gael leader said he intends to continue to lead his party and to work hard in his role as Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment before becoming Taoiseach again in 2022.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is another name being mentioned, as well as Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness, who's First Vice-President of the European Parliament.

    Several non-politicians are also believed to be in the mix - including David O'Sullivan, a high-ranking official in the European Commission.

    Sligo-Leitrim Independent TD and former MEP Marian Harkin says there are a number of politicians and non-politicians with the experience to be considered for the role of Commissioner.

  • Mairead McGuinness says she will "hit the ground running" early next week, after the European Parliament yesterday voted to approve the Midlands-Northwest MEP as the new EU Commissioner for Financial Stability.

    Ms McGuinness will replace former Commission Phil Hogan, following his resignation after the Golfgate controversy, and she's expected to be formally appointed to the role in the coming days.

    Mairead McGuinness has been a Fine Gael MEP for Midlands-North-West since 2004 , and has also served as First Vice President of the Parliament.

    Louth County Councillor Colm Markey will replace Mairead McGuinness as MEP for the Midlands-Northwest constituency.

  • MEP for this region Luke Ming Flanagan says the government should choose “a more subtle personality” to replace Phil Hogan as European Commissioner.

    The Government may nominate Phil Hogan's replacement as soon as this weekend.

    Phil Hogan resigned as European Commissioner for Trade on Wednesday night, after the fallout from the GolfGate controversy.

    Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was due to write to the Taoiseach last night to begin the search for a successor.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is understood to be the firm favourite to step into the role.

    The Government must nominate both a male and female candidate, while the decision will be made by the European Commission President.

    Castlerea native, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan says the government should choose a different type of candidate to Mr Hogan. He is suggesting that an Independent person could best fulfill the role.

    While Daniel McConnell Political Editor with the Irish Examiner says Simon Coveney is seen as Ireland's best chance to retain the trade portfolio.

  • The MEP for this region, Fine Gael's Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell- the former Vice President of the European Investment Bank are to be put forward as nominees to replace Phil Hogan as European Commissioner.

    The Taoiseach will make a formal announcement later today.

    The President of the European Commission will ultimately decide which of the candidates gets the job.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says he's glad Simon Coveney didn't put his name forward in the end.



  • Midlands- Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness has been confirmed as Ireland's EU Commissioner.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed that Ms McGuinness will take on the financial services portfolio.

    The trade portfolio- left vacant by the resignation of Phil Hogan following the Golfgate controversy in Clifden - goes to the former Prime Minister of Latvia.

    Mairead McGuinness was first elected a member of the European Parliament in July 2004 for the midlands-northwest constituency, and has served as First Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2017.

    Prior to becoming a Fine Gael MEP, she was a well-known journalist and broadcaster.

  • Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness is now tipped as the frontrunner to become Ireland's next EU Commissioner.

    The Irish Times reports this morning that the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney may not allow his name to go forward, if it's believed he won't retain the trade portfolio.

    It could clear the way for Midlands-Northwest MEP and European Parliament vice-president Mairead McGuinness to be nominated, while fellow MEP and former minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has also declared her interest in succeeding Phil Hogan.

    Tanaiste Leo Varadker told party TDs last night that he expected nominations for the role of EU Commissioner to be finalised by the end of this week.



  • Phil Hogan has been nominated for a second term as European Commissioner by the Taoiseach.

    Leo Varadkar said the nomination was an endorsement of the last five years Mr Hogan has spent in Europe.

    He's praised him as a skilled negotiator who's been good for Ireland when it comes to Brexit.

    Phil Hogan held the Agriculture and Rural Affairs brief for the past five years but may seek a more influential portfolio this time around.


  • The President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen has held interviews with the two candidates to replace Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner.

    Midlands-Northwest MEP Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell both had video calls with the President this morning.

    One of the two candidates will be selected in the coming days to be Ireland's EU Commissioner.

    The trade portfolio is likely to be given to another country with a more senior commissioner after Phil Hogan's resignation over the golfgate controversy.