There have been fresh claims made against EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, with allegations that he was seen breaking Ireland’s COVID-19 regulations in the K Club.
Hogan has come under increasing pressure in the fallout of the ‘Golfgate’ saga, which saw him and 80 others attend an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden.
This scandal caused the resignation of Dara Ceallery and Hogan is facing calls to do the same from his EU post.
In a statement on Tuesday night, the leaders of the three Government parties said that “concerns remain” about Hogan’s movements after arriving in Ireland. Earlier, Hogan had disputed on the Six One news that he hadn’t broken any rules.
Then, this morning, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly slammed Hogan’s actions on national radio.
But there have been new claims made by members of the public which could undermine the Commissioner.
According to the Irish Times, an unnamed woman saw Hogan dine with two other guests on July 31st — the night he flew into Ireland from Brussels.
“We were there for our wedding anniversary; he was seated at the table behind us with two other gentlemen,” she said.
The revelations directly contradict Hogan’s claims that he flew into Ireland on July 31st and “self-isolated for the days up to the 5th of August”, when he tested negative for Covid-19 at a medical appointment.
Furthermore, the paper also discovered that Hogan made a social visit to Roscommon on August 17th. This was not disclosed in the itinerary of his movements published by the European Commission.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had called for clarity on the issue. She has urged Hogan to conduct an interview with the media to answer questions about these issues.
President von der Leyen will now consider the explanation and documents provided to her by Hogan.