Poll results: Do you agree with how readers voted on Phil Hogan’s future?

The European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan is facing mounting pressure to resign from his role, following his attendance at the controversial Oireachtas Golf Society function last week.

Hogan was one of a number of high-profile politicians to attend the event. Others in attendance included the now former Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Dara Calleary, who resigned on Friday (August 21).

AgriLand hosted an impromptu online poll, which opened yesterday (Monday, August 24) and ran for circa 24 hours, whereby readers had the opportunity to have their say. It should be noted that this was an ‘open’ poll; it was open to all and sundry. In other words, it didn’t involve a ‘controlled sample’.

However, each reader (i.e. each user / IP address) could only vote once.

The question – ‘Should Phil Hogan resign as EU Commissioner for Trade?‘ – was to the point. Readers could simply vote ‘Yes‘ or ‘No‘.

We’ve now closed the poll. There were well over 3,000 respondents during a relatively short time-frame.

Here (below) is the outcome

Over 58% of those who voted said that Phil Hogan should not resign. Just under 42% said that he should go.

This poll suggests that the farming community is divided on this issue – not surprising given Phil Hogan’s profile in the wider agricultural arena.

Recent events

Over the weekend both the Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar asked Hogan to respond to the ongoing controversy in greater detail and to “consider his position”.

A spokesperson for Hogan had told RTÉ on Sunday (August 23) that he will not resign. Further controversy involving Hogan came after it was widely reported that he travelled to Co. Kildare whilst the county was under lockdown. Moreover, it emerged that he was actually stopped by Gardaí in Co. Kildare for using a mobile phone in his car.

Hogan issued a statement in which he said that he travelled to Co. Kildare to collect “personal belongings and work documents”.

It’s since been revealed that Commissioner Hogan returned to Co. Kildare a second time before flying back to Brussels, which his spokesperson says was “not in breach” of public health guidelines.

As a former European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hogan is especially well known to Irish farmers. However, he has previously served as a Fine Gael TD and as Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.