September 26, 2023

ELECTION 2020: Row as Kilkenny man – EU Commissioner Phil Hogan – told to ‘stay out of Irish politics’

Kilkenny man – Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan – has been caught in the middle of an election row over comments he made this week about Brexit.

Earlier this week, ahead of Britain’s formal departure from the EU on Friday, Mr Hogan said he is “very concerned” with what he saw in Ireland regarding Brexit now, urging people to “come out of their slumber” and saying a “crash out” Brexit is still a possibility at the end of the year.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told reporters this morning: “I think Phil Hogan now should stay out of domestic Irish politics now for the next week. That was, to me, a coded partisan intervention.”

However, this was rejected by Mr Hogan and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Mr Hogan told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke that he had never intervened in domestic politics.

Mr Donohoe also said the Kilkenny man was only “outlining the reality of where our country faces”.

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