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To: Phil Hogan, The European Commission
Phil Hogan must resign from his position as EU Commissioner over Golfgate scandal
We, the undersigned, are demanding Phil Hogan's resignation from his position as EU Commissioner. If he refuses to resign, we demand that the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, removes him from his position.
Why is this important?
On 19 August, EU Commissioner Phil Hogan attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner along with 81 other people in what was a flagrant breach of Covid-19 public health guidelines.
Even before the government announced new measures curtailing the numbers at social events this week, the maximum number of people allowed at indoor social events was 50.
Not only this, but it has been reported that Hogan has been spending some of his time at a residence in County Kildare. For the past two weeks, Kildare residents have been asked not to leave the county because of increased restrictions there.
Hogan's decision to ignore public health guidelines is unacceptable. In attending this event, he has displayed utter contempt for ordinary people who have done their utmost to abide by guidelines and stop the spread of Covid-19.
Hogan's disdain for working people and the poor has been on show before. In 2014 he threatened those who would not or could not pay water charges, saying their water pressure would be "turned down to a trickle". More recently, he has been at the forefront of the push to implement the Mercosur deal, which will undermine small and medium farmers' livelihoods and pave the way for further destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
Yet despite the resignations of Dara Calleary and Jerry Buttimer this week, Hogan has thus far brazenly refused to step down. His arrogance is a slap in the face to health workers at the front lines and to all those who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. His actions have also undermined the public health effort at a crucial time.
Hogan represents the worst of a rotten political elite that believe there is one rule for them and another for ordinary people.
He must resign immediately and apologise for his actions.