Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture committee tomorrow morning for a three-hour hearing on his nomination as Ireland’s next European commissioner.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Hogan’s response to questions on his political past will be key to performance, say MEPs

Ireland’s commissioner-designate Phil Hogan will be questioned for three hours by members of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s commissioner-designate will be questioned for three hours by MEPs

Apple has rejected
 accusations that it profited from selective tax treatment from Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Republic broke state aid rules in two deals with Apple, says European Commission

A customer holds a new iPhone in Madrid. The Department of Finance is said to broadly favour a pre-emptive move to unwind the tax scheme known as the “double Irish”. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

Separate ‘double Irish’ tax regime under scrutiny by Cabinet ahead of budget

“We believe that we do not need to make adjustments of a further €2bn. In fact we believe it would hinder as opposed to assist growth into the future,” he said.

Implementation of cuts would delay return to work of 10,000 people, says Ibec economist

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: has said  cuts of €2 billion will not be required to bring the budget deficit to 3 per cent by next year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Call comes amid fears strong exchequer figures in second quarter not sustainable

Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Final decision months away and Government confident state aid rules were not breached

Ms Emily O Reilly: ‘I see it as potentially a transformative office, that can give real realityto the buzzwords everybody trots out – transparency, accountability and so on.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If re-elected to €250,000-a-year job, her term will run until 2019

A spokesman for Phil Hogan said the commissioner-designate had “no option” but to deal with Ms Childers’s allegations through the legal system

A number of MEPs who have been supportive of Mr Hogan question his decision to engage in legal correspondence

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