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Tuesday 6 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Phil Hogan

All time
# ca-ching
Here's how much money Europe is giving us over the next seven years...
…and how it’s going to be spent.
# Seanadigans
There was an almighty row over Phil Hogan and Irish Water in the Seanad today
The upper house was suspended three times this afternoon. Here’s what happened….
# Irish Water
Alan Kelly: 'We are going to get this right, it's my job to get this right'
The Minister for the Environment said that Irish Water legislation was rushed through the Dáil and it shouldn’t have happened.
# Big Philly Style
'Water is not free' - Hogan says it's either water charges or more income tax
Hogan said people can protest if they like but the charges are not going anywhere.
# evening fix
Here's what happened today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about Enda Kenny meeting with accused republicans, the new Rehab CEO and an Aer Lingus passenger arrested for an Ebola scare.
# over and out
Phil Hogan is officially no longer a TD
From Saturday, he’ll be the European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development.
# in the door
Confirmed: Big Phil Hogan is now officially the EU Agriculture Commissioner
Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said he intends to hold the commissioner accountable at all times.
# that's that then
Nessa Childers says the legal, er, 'situation' between her and Phil Hogan is over
Hogan sent legal letters to the MEP last month.
# underwater
14 reasons why people don't like and don't trust Irish Water
Leaks, protests, communication breakdown and a scorned minister have all contributed to a difficult 10 months for the new semi-state.
# house of cards
"I hope you won’t get into trouble...": Here are the winners and losers from the political week
The McNulty omnishambles just wouldn’t go away, Big Phil’s Big Grilling failed to materialise, and a Tory minister landed himself in hot water – over a poem.
# Support
A Garda whistleblower is backing MEP's legal battle with Phil Hogan
Garda whistleblower John Wilson has said he will fund raise for Nessa Childer’s legal costs in the case that Phil Hogan proceeds with threatened action.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: The Omnishambles that just won't go away
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Explainer
Here's why the next 10 days are critical for the future of the European Union
Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes explains the process of confirming the make-up of the next European Commission.
# big spend
Phil Hogan 'personally signed off on' funding relating to Irish Water consultants
New documents have reportedly revealed that he was aware of the spend as far back as December 2012.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: This McNulty scandal is really building up a head of steam...
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Complaint
Phil Hogan's making legal threats against an Irish MEP
Here’s Childers’ letter she sent the the European Legal Affairs Committee last night.
Aaron McKenna: 'We don’t need national political castoffs to run an arbitrarily sized bureaucracy'
European Commissioners aren’t picked on any basis of merit or usefulness. It’s no different than most governments, but at least we elect the cabinet together at home.
# hogan knows best
Big Phil's finally been named in the Agriculture job (and farmers are delighted)
He’ll face a grilling from ‘Ming’ and Sinn Féin before the role is secure, but the Kilkenny politician’s widely expected to be confirmed as planned next month…
# big bill
Here's how much Phil Hogan will be earning as EU Commissioner...
Swag-riculture Commissioner.
# the commish
My "track record of delivering" won me EU role, says Hogan
Phil Hogan’s been named as Agriculture Commisioner. His record of “being able to deliver in difficult circumstances” swung the job for him, he says.
# big phil's gig
Explainer: Phil Hogan's set to be named as Agriculture Commissioner ... but what happens next?
Some Irish TDs have been threatening to make life difficult for Big Phil during the nomination process. But can they cause that much trouble for the divisive former minister?
# Bad timing
It's the last thing he needs, but Phil Hogan's just been landed with ANOTHER Irish Water scandal
The former minister had the biggest job interview of his life this week, as he bids to become Agriculture Commissioner. But the issue of Irish Water just won’t go away, it seems.
# serious health warning
Leaked chart names Phil Hogan as Agriculture Commissioner ... but can it be trusted?
It’s the job the Irish Government wants, but there’s been speculation the much sought-after portfolio may go elsewhere.
# EU Commission
READ: Nessa Childers' attack on Phil Hogan over social housing
She said Hogan’s appointment in Europe would be “a step backwards for equality.”
# Big Philly Style
Nobody knows which EU job Phil Hogan is getting... but we know which one he wants
Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says the decision is a matter for Jean Claude Juncker…
# Troubled Waters
'Phil Hogans' hold protest against controversial Kilkenny bridge
Protesters are keeping up a 24-hour presence at the construction site of a bridge over the River Nore.
Opinion: Big Phil wasn't the best option for Europe... it should have been Lucinda
Creighton could be a better fit for the role of a European Commissioner, while Hogan looks likely to receive a small portfolio.
# Graffiti
Fianna Fáil is 'seriously considering' banning under-18s from buying spray paint
Barry Cowen raised the issue in the Dáil recently after members of the public suggested the idea.
# The Waiting Game
Dubliners may have to wait five years for a directly-elected mayor
Fingal County Council is still not on board with the idea, though.
# Unanswered questions
Gerry doesn't think Phil's fit to send to Europe.. A "3 or 4 hour session" with MEPs should sort it, says Enda
The Government is expected to announced either Hogan or former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore for the EU post by tomorrow…
# private sewage scheme
Could septic tanks be a thing of the past?
106 households in North Kildare will take part in the largest private group sewage scheme in Ireland.
# Funding Cuts
Irish Deaf Society produces video showing why advocacy service shouldn't be scrapped
Funding cuts announced this week resulted in the immediate closure of the The Irish Deaf Society’s National Advocacy Service for Deaf people.
# Funding Cuts
'Left high and dry': TDs call for Deaf advocacy service to be re-opened
Some 5,000 people have been affected by the closure of the Irish Deaf Society’s National Advocacy Service.
# Local Authorities
Asbestos dumped on halting site was not removed for over four months
The National Traveller Partnership has said that Local Authorities have a “poor track record” in helping Travellers and should not be in charge of their finances.
# EU Commissioner
Why Eamon Gilmore wants a top EU job, and why it would be a win for Labour if he got it
Analysis: Labour is being told it needs to be more assertive in government, and it’s starting with the European Commissioner job.
# the outgoing leader
"Worth considering": Howlin talks up Gilmore's credentials for EU job
The Public Expenditure Minister was asked whether the outgoing Labour leader would make a good Commissioner on his way into Cabinet this morning…
# Not saying
We asked these two ministers who they'd like Ireland's next European Commissioner to be*
* But neither of them wanted to answer the question.
# off to europe?
Costello says Gilmore has the 'strongest credentials' for European Commissioner job
He said Ireland would be looking for a significant portfolio in Europe.