Tensions over Dara Murphy nomination for EPP post
Expectations were that Hogan or McGuinness would be on ticket for vice-presidency
Minister of State at the departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs with special responsibility for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy, nominated for vice-presidency of European People’s Party
Mr Hogan, who is not attending this week’s conference due to illness, had been expected to be nominated by Fine Gael given his position as Ireland’s most senior EU official in Brussels.
Three of Mr Hogan’s EU Commission colleagues from other EPP member parties have been put forward by their national parties, sources in Brussels told The Irish Times.
Speaking in Madrid on Wednesday, Mr Murphy, who was put forward by the Taoiseach and Fine Gael HQ last week, denied any internal divisions about his nomination.
“I have received excellent support from the four MEPs and Commissioner Phil Hogan who have been campaigning very hard, and are extremely supportive,” he declared.
Murphy, who regularly represents the Government at EU Council meetings, could be at a disadvantage in today’s vote since he is not a Brussels-based politician, officials said.
However, he could benefit from Ireland’s pro-EU reputation and links to the UK, which has had no place in the EPP since the Conservatives quit six years ago.