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And this may also explain the delay in the Irish Government announcing its nomination(s). Apparently Varadkar is holding out until he gets some indication that the successful candidate will get a decent portfolio. The view is that the Irish Government favours Coveney, Brussels favours McGuinness, and they may get Fitzgerald if nothing substantive is on offer -  as McGuinness has a decent chance of being the next President of the Parliament.


MEP Mairead McGuinness, MEP Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at an event in Wexford in 2019. File photograph: Barbara Lindberg   

MEP Mairead McGuinness, MEP Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at an event in Wexford in 2019. File photograph: Barbara Lindberg


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 2nd, 2020 at 06:52:32 PM EST
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Clarity on nomination for EU commissioner by `end of week', Fine Gael TDs told
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party that he expects clarity on the nominations for the role of EU commissioner by the end of this week.

Sources present say Mr Varadkar was "at pains to point out that the Commission want a woman and a man, not a man and a woman. He outlined that clearly".



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 2nd, 2020 at 07:03:35 PM EST
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