European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the EU Parliament in Brussels yesterday

The commissioner-designate knew what he had to do. So for the day that was in it, he kept the lid on Big Phil and went heavy on the Humble Hogan. Some(...)

Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan accused Hogan of looking after the rich ‘rancher’ farmers

Ireland’s European commissioner-designate Phil Hogan has won the backing of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee to become the next EU a(...)

European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan of Ireland speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in Brussels. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Phil Hogan’s appearance at the European Parliament this morning was a master-class in political performance, as Ireland’s commissioner-designate succe(...)

Ireland’s European Parliament Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan at EU hearing today. Screengrab

Ireland’s European Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan confirmed this morning he had made representations on behalf of his constituents for jobs(...)

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

Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture comm(...)

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

What awaits Phil Hogan on Thursday? Ireland’s commissioner-designate will be questioned for three hours by members of the European Parliament’s agricu(...)

A European Parliament spokesman has said that MEPs have parliamentary immunity in the exercise of their duties  following a row between Irish commissioner-designate Phil Hogan and Independent MEP Nessa Childers over a row she circulated to parliament members of his potential appointment. Photographs: The Irish Times and Patrick Seeger/EPA.

Members of the European Parliament have parliamentary immunity in the exercise of their duties as MEPs, a spokesman for the European Parliament has sa(...)

Irish commissioner designate Phil Hogan. The EU’s response to Russian sanctions is likely to be foremost in the minds of MEPs, as will the EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Next Monday morning the first of 27 public hearings begins in Brussels as MEPs question incoming European Union commissioners about their suitabili(...)

Maireád McGuinness: her  call on the EU to immediately drop the superlevy regime in light of the impact of the Russian ban on dairy produce was rejected. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The EU’s handling of the impact of the Russian food import ban has been defended by outgoing EU commissioner for agriculture Dacian Ciolos amid calls(...)

 Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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