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Costello says Gilmore has the 'strongest credentials' for European Commissioner job

He said Ireland would be looking for a significant portfolio in Europe.

Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore
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THE MINISTER OF State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello says he thinks the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has what it takes to become the new European Commissioner.

Eamon Gilmore has been tipped to head to Europe, but so has the Minister for Environment Phil Hogan.

Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Costello said that no decisions have been made, saying discussions will only begin after this weekend.

Costello said that he thought  Gilmore had all the credentials for the Commissioner role.

He said Gilmore has ample experience having chaired many meetings during Ireland’s presidency and that he knows all the institutions and the personnel.

He said he had “no idea” about Phil Hogan, but reiterated that he felt Gilmore had the “strongest credentials” for the Europe job.

He added that Ireland would be looking for a significant portfolio.

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