The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the leader of the Green Party have said it is clear that EU Commissioner Phil Hogan breached the public health guidelines since he travelled to Ireland.

In a joint statement, Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan said they acknowledge Mr Hogan's recent written and public account of his movements when he travelled to Ireland and welcomed his apology.

However, they said that concerns remain.

The three party leaders said that Mr Hogan's "delayed and hesitant release of information has undermined public confidence."

Earlier today Mr Hogan provided details to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, about his time in Ireland leading up to his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society event in Clifden, Co Galway last week.

The information was provided following a request by Ms von der Leyen.

In the documents, Mr Hogan said he tested negative for Covid-19 during a hospital visit on 5 August and received a negative Covid-19 test while in hospital.

He said this meant he was "not under any subsequent legal requirement to self-isolate or quarantine".

However, the Department of Health has said a person is required to restrict their movements for 14 days if they arrive into Ireland from a country not on the green list.

It said the guidance does not state that a negative Covid-19 test shortens the 14-days requirement.

In their statement, Mr Martin, Mr Varadkar and Mr Ryan said the Government guidelines "clearly required him to restrict his movements for 14 days".

They said he should also have limited his movements to and from Kildare for essential travel only, and he should not have attended the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner.

The statement adds that people are "correctly angered by these actions".

The three leaders of the Government parties said Mr Hogan is accountable to the European Commission and the Government now awaits the outcome of the review being carried out by Ms von der Leyen.


Read more: Phil Hogan's timeline of his movements in Ireland


Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has said EU Commissioner Phil Hogan should be removed from his position and he called on the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to make clear whether they still have confidence in him.

Speaking on RTÉ's Six One News, Mr Doherty said Mr Martin and Mr Varadkar should make contact with Ms von der Leyen and inform her that the information Commissioner Hogan provided to her was misleading.

He said the HSE is very clear that the Commissioner was not exempt from the restrictions that he claimed to be.

Mr Doherty said it was now time for the Taoiseach to state whether or not he has confidence in Commissioner Hogan to remain in his post.

The Sinn Féin TD said he reality is that Mr Hogan is "simply wrong" in his assertion that he was not a risk to anyone.

He said that it took less than two minutes on the HSE website to establish very clearly that one is required to restrict their movements for 14 days even if they have received a negative test.

Mr Doherty also said that last Friday, a spokesman for Mr Hogan issued a statement saying he had completed his quarantine after receiving a negative test, but now the Commissioner is saying that he is exempt from the restrictions.

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Earlier, Commissioner Hogan published a timeline of his movements in Ireland when he arrived here from Brussels on 31 July, including details of a trip to Adare, Co Limerick, to play golf on 13 August.

It comes after he provided around 20 pages of documents to the President of the European Commission in the ongoing controversy over his trip and the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden, according to an EU official.

The Labour leader Alan Kelly has called on the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to contact the President of the European Commission to inform her that they do not have confidence in Phil Hogan.

At the weekend, Mr Martin and Mr Varadkar asked Mr Hogan to consider his position following his attendance at the golf dinner for 81 people in Clifden.

Among the 81 attendees were the Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary and Seanad Leas-Cathaoirleach Jerry Buttimer, who have both resigned.

In addition to the resignation of Dara Calleary, the party whip was removed from three Fianna Fáil senators, and three Fine Gael senators, including Jerry Buttimer.