MEP for this region Luke Ming Flanagan says the government should choose “a more subtle personality” to replace Phil Hogan as European Commissioner.

The Government may nominate Phil Hogan's replacement as soon as this weekend.

Phil Hogan resigned as European Commissioner for Trade on Wednesday night, after the fallout from the GolfGate controversy.

Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was due to write to the Taoiseach last night to begin the search for a successor.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is understood to be the firm favourite to step into the role.

The Government must nominate both a male and female candidate, while the decision will be made by the European Commission President.

Castlerea native, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan says the government should choose a different type of candidate to Mr Hogan. He is suggesting that an Independent person could best fulfill the role.

While Daniel McConnell Political Editor with the Irish Examiner says Simon Coveney is seen as Ireland's best chance to retain the trade portfolio.


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