Big Phil is back in the Saddle again after Golfgate?

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Phil Hogan has a new career post Golfgate

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Phil Hogan has embarked on a new career after losing his role as EU Commissioner for Trade in the aftermath of the Golfgate dinner controversy.Phil Hogan wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

The controversial dinner of 80 guests that broke COVID-19 guidelines resulted in number of political casualties including former agriculture minister Dara Calleary resigning.

Mr Hogan was one of the last to resign in the aftermath of the scandal. However, it seems that the Kilkenny man has started a fresh with a career in consultancy.Phil Hogan wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Phil Hogan has embarked on a new career after losing his role as EU Commissioner for Trade in the aftermath of the Golfgate dinner controversy. Pic: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Phil Hogan has embarked on a new career after losing his role as EU Commissioner for Trade in the aftermath of the Golfgate dinner controversy. Pic: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images

The former EU Commissioner will now be offering business and political advice to anyone engaging with the European Union, according to reports.

His new business, set to be called Hogan Consultancy, was cleared to open by the EU Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

The Commission’s Ethics Committee cleared Mr Hogan’s business after they scrutinised it.

The vetting procedures on conflicts of interest were put in place because of number of controversies that emerged in recent years.Phil Hogan wearing a suit and tie: The controversial dinner of 80 guests that broke COVID-19 guidelines resulted in number of political casualties including former agriculture minister Dara Calleary resigning. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie The controversial dinner of 80 guests that broke COVID-19 guidelines resulted in number of political casualties including former agriculture minister Dara Calleary resigning. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Mr Hogan resigned a full week after the Golfgate scandal that shook the political establishment.

The former Fine Gael senior minister was defiant right to the end, insisting: ‘I broke no law’ and that he ‘broke no regulations’.

Phil Hogan was also cast adrift from the Fine Gael party by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar around the time the controversy emerged.

The former EU Commissioner and FG bruiser may have played a key role in securing the leadership for Mr Varadkar, but gratitude or thanks was in short supply at a party meeting.

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