Calleary resigns as Fianna Fáil deputy leader

Former Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Dara Calleary has resigned as the deputy leader of Fianna Fáil.

The development comes after Calleary had attended an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Clifden, Co. Galway, last week, prompting his resignation as minister.

Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed the development on RTÉ Radio 1 today (Monday, August 24).

The Taoiseach confirmed that Calleary had resigned from the position of deputy leader of the party, as well as resigning from the position of national secretary.

The Taoiseach noted that Calleary volunteered his resignation from both positions.

“He [Calleary] is very sorry for what has happened. He knows he got it wrong,” the Taoiseach added.

In other developments around the political fallout from ‘golfgate’, the president of the Oireachtas Golf Society, Donie Cassidy, has resigned from his role as vice-president of Fianna Fáil.

Phil Hogan

The future of European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan remains under debate following his attendance at the event.

The president of the European Commission has received a report from Commissioner Hogan concerning his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society event in Co. Galway last week.

However, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has requested that Commissioner Hogan, the European Commissioner for Trade, provide “further clarification”.

A commission spokesperson said today (Monday, August 24), that President von der Leyen is examining the report that Commissioner Hogan provided yesterday.

“This is a matter that requires careful assessment on our side. It is a matter where details count,” the spokesperson said.