EU Commissioner Phil Hogan is resigning from his role following controversy over his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society event in Clifden, Co Galway last week, a spokesperson has said.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Hogan said he took the decision to resign as the controversy was a distraction for people at a time when they were trying to grapple with the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It was becoming increasingly clear that the controversy concerning my recent visit to Ireland was becoming a distraction from my work as an EU Commissioner and would undermine my work in the key months ahead," he said.