Phil Hogan, the EU Commissions Trade Commissioner, has resigned from his position. This follows the scandal revolving around an Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Golf Society Dinner in Galway last week. The dinner was met with frustration after a number of high profiled politicians, TV presenters and judges attended the event which did not meet with COVID-19 guidelines. Mr. Hogan had insisted he did nothing wrong, however on Wednesday night (26 August 2020) he announced he was to step down.
Fall out from the Oirechtas Golf Society Dinner in Galway continued today (21st of August, 2020). The Leas-Chathaoirleach (deputy-Chair) of Seanad Éireann (The Irish Senate), Jerry Buttimer, resigned from his position today, following the announcement that the Minister for Agriculture was stepping down from his position, both are members of the coalition government, a government under pressure to preform. The Irish EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, also attended the event. While the Leader of the Opposition, Mary Lou McDonald called for the Dail to reconvened.
Just fifty-five days after taking office the current Irish Government has be dealt a second blow. A second Minister for Agriculture has had to resign. Barry Cowen was appoint to the role on the 27th of June only to resign less than a month later on the 14th of July. Dara Calleary has now resigned after he attended an event in Clifden with more than 80 people in attendance, just 37 days after he took-over the office. This resignation brings Fianna Fail under pressure to perform during the current Covid Crisis. An Taoiseach, Micheal Martin, accepted Mr. Calleary\'s resignation this morning (21st of August 2020).