Storm over civic reception for Hogan

Councillors reportedly set to boycott event

Sligo News File Online.

EU Commissioner & former Environment Minister, Phil Hogan
EU Commissioner & former Environment Minister, Phil Hogan

It looks from reports that a number of councillors are to boycott a Kilkenny county council civic reception for native son and politician Phil Hogan.

The event is being hosted by the council in honour of the EU Commissioner and  former environment Minister this weekend.

However, the celebration has come under fire from Sinn
Fein. The party’s two councillors  and at least one other
member of the local authority are said to have announced
that they will not be attending.

Sinn Fein’s Kathleen Funchion, referring to Hogan’s role in
the introdiction of “the poverty fostering water charges” and “regressive household charge and the tax on the family home” has lashed the event as “ill-judged and…a waste of money.”

Things there are also hotting up on another high profile front
where former IFA president, John Bryan is a nominee for selection as a candidate to contest the local Carlow-Kilkenny by-election for
the seat left vacant following Hogan’s appointment to the EU
Commission. However, it’s understood a former city mayor is the popular choice of party members in Kilkenny.

John Bryan, former president, Irish Farmers Association
John Bryan, former president, Irish Farmers Association

Bryan, an intensive suckler beef farmer, of Inistioge, Kilkenny, ended his term as president of the IFA in 2013. His leadership came under pressure earlier that year when farmers in the west claimed IFA negotiations in Brussels on the Single Farm Payment were overly focussed on the interests of the bigger farmer sector.