Matt Cooper: Big Phil’s own words could land any damages case in the bunker

The former EU Commissioner may be considering demanding compensation for the ‘damage suffered’ when he had to step down, but he is very unlikely to get it

Phil Hogan with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: Hogan liked to create the impression that he was indispensable

Over the years, Phil Hogan, the former EU Commissioner, has been indulged by some –though not all – political journalists as some kind of cunning political operative, an elite player. He was feted as a political hard man who could be used by whomever was leading Fine Gael to whip the troops into shape.

He was also a savant who would get the right candidates in place to pick up more seats than would have ...