The voices calling for the resignation of EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan for skipping state regulations against the coronavirus while on vacation in Ireland are growing in his home country, where the government itself has stated that it has confidence in the commissioner “lost”.
In a statement released Tuesday, leaders of the three parties in the ruling coalition in Ireland said concerns about Hogan’s behavior “continue” despite the statements offered. In addition, the leader of the Greens, Eamon Ryan, went a step further and said in statements to public television that “the government has lost confidence in the Commissioner”.
Hogan announced his moves while in Ireland, stating that the transfer between counties entering some limited areas was for legitimate reasons. The whole scandal jumped last week when it was revealed that he had attended an 80-person dinner, which the government banned because of the pandemic.
Then it turned out that he was stopped by the police for using his cell phone while driving. The latest information suggests that he had failed to strictly adhere to the 14-day quarantine when he arrived in Ireland and had dinner with two people in a restaurant the same day he landed.