Analysis: Hogan’s departure shows era of accountability has finally arrived in Irish politics

The EU Trade Commissioner joins Dara Calleary and Barry Cowen as recent casualties of the new culture

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
26th August, 2020
Analysis: Hogan’s departure shows era of accountability has finally arrived in Irish politics
Phil Hogan resigned from his role as EU Trade Commissioner after a bruising week of revelations. Picture: RTE/Rollingnews.ie

It was often said that Irish politics did not have a resignation culture.

The last two months would suggest that era is truly over. Phil Hogan has joined Dara Calleary and Barry Cowen on a rapidly growing pile of casualties.

While Calleary’s swift resignation as Agriculture Minister earned him a degree of sympathy among the public, Hogan’s cack-handed handling of the Golfgate controversy should mean that there are few tears shed for the departing European...

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