EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan is standing his ground in a spiraling Irish political scandal that centers on a packed golf society soirée attended by top politicians in an apparent breach of coronavirus rules.
Two senior Irish politicians, including the agriculture minister, resigned for attending the function at a 3-star hotel in the west coast county of Galway on Wednesday, as fury grew across the country that the top brass flouted the rules while expecting citizens to stay away from loved ones during the pandemic.
The controversial event began featuring golf tournaments between guests, but the dinner took place after the new restrictions had entered into force on Wednesday. Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of the largest opposition party Sinn Féin, tweeted that her request for the Irish parliament to be recalled from its summer recess to discuss the scandal had been rebuffed.
The episode is not Hogan’s first golf-related scandal. He apologized for making a crude sexual remark to a former prime ministerial aide during a 2011 golfing outing with the very same Oireachtas golfing society.
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