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EU commerce commissioner RESIGNS after outcry over attending quarantine-defying golf get together in Eire

EU trade commissioner RESIGNS after outcry over attending quarantine-defying golf party in Ireland

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan is the newest political casualty of the ‘Golfgate’ scandal by which a bunch of Irish politicians partied at a golf membership dinner, hours after introducing strict lockdown measures for the general public.

Hogan, a member of Eire’s Fantastic Gael get together, introduced his resignation on Wednesday. In the future earlier, he briefed Fee President Ursula von der Leyen on his actions in Eire final week.

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Hogan attended a lavish get together on the Station Home Lodge in Clifden, County Galway, final Wednesday. Along with greater than 80 folks, together with present and former MPs, senators, ambassadors and a supreme courtroom decide, Hogan dined in an occasion organized by the Oireachtas (Parliament) Golf Society.

Whereas company sat ten to a desk, the Irish public have been hit with new coronavirus lockdown measures. These included a ban on indoor gatherings of greater than six folks at residence and greater than 50 in eating places. Most pubs within the nation stay closed too, and your complete county of Kildare, which borders Dublin, is underneath strict lockdown.

Hogan insisted that he broke no rules, as he examined adverse for Covid-19 two weeks earlier than the dinner. Nonetheless, Irish rules require anybody coming back from overseas – as Hogan did from Brussels – to quarantine for 14 days, check or no check. Since his return from Belgium, it emerged that not solely did Hogan not quarantine at residence, he journeyed to Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick – through the quarantined county of Kildare.

With public anger excessive, Hogan will not be the one Irish politician whose profession was jeopardized by ‘Golfgate’. Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary resigned final week after apologizing “unreservedly” for his attendance. 

For Eire’s newly-appointed Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheal Martin, the scandal is one more bump in a rocky two months in workplace. Since forming a authorities in June, Martin has already misplaced one agriculture minister over a drunk driving cost, and confronted criticism for bumping up the paychecks of his junior ministers at a time of virus-induced austerity. 

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