Government believes Phil Hogan should resign as fresh claims emerge

Coalition leaders say ‘concerns remain’ over commissioner’s movements after arriving in Ireland

EU spokesperson Dana Spinant says that European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen considers the controversy regarding the movements of Phil Hogan during a summer trip to Ireland to be "serious." Video: European Commission

The Government has strongly suggested that Phil Hogan broke the State’s public health guidelines in recent weeks, but says that his future is a matter for European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who must now make a decision on the EU commissioner’s position.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the leaders of the three Government parties said that “concerns remain” about Mr Hogan’s movements after arriving in Ireland last month and the manner in which he has explained them. Senior sources confirmed it remained the view of the Government that Mr Hogan should resign as commissioner, and it is understood that Dr von der Leyen is aware of this.

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