Former EU commissioner Phil Hogan said that he has not come to any conclusion about his future plans at the moment.

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, he said it was the first time in 38 years that he has had a "little bit of a breather" and that he is going to take full advantage of it until the end of the year.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his resignation as EU commissioner in August following the controversy surrounding his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, he said he had had a lot of contacts from around the world from people who want to talk to him.

Mr Hogan said that all he asked was for them to make their submissions and he would look at them but not until January 2021.

On Brexit, Mr Hogan said he believes their will be a deal between the UK and the EU because the alternative would be economically unthinkable for the UK.

He said there was political gamesmanship ongoing but he hoped that discussions would start again in earnest to reach an agreement.

Mr Hogan said that he did not believe that it would be the most comprehensive Brexit deal ever negotiated and would be less than what each sides are seeking.

However he said that was the essence of compromise.

It was very disappointing that the UK would breach international law, he said, and called for them to withdraw the internal market bill if they wanted to generate trust and goodwill into the process.

In relation to Covid-19, Mr Hogan said that it is virtually impossible to tackle the pandemic effectively without a meaningful "All-Ireland strategy".

He said the people on the island of Ireland have to unite to defeat this virus.

Mr Hogan said we must also learn the lessons of the pandemic.

He said in recent time it has become clear that EU member states are not co-ordinating effectively when it comes to certain economic activities such as aviation and travel.

This is not happening today and the Commission and member states have to do more and redouble their efforts in this respect, he said.

He said in his experience over the last six months that it is clear that an EU competence in the area of public health is necessary for the future.

Any efforts will require money and the recent Irish budget was unprecedented in that respect, he added.

Mr Hogan signaled that Ireland was going to "do whatever it takes" but added that people should me mindful that future generations would have to repay these loans. 

He said the EU needs to diversify its supply chains for things like pharmaceuticals.

Mr Hogan also said he believes the EU and the US can cooperate better together if there is a better spirit of cooperation.

He said that he thinks that US President Donald Trump has failed to realise that he cannot achieve his objectives without having the support of the European Union. 

Mr Hogan said that if there was better cooperation on The US President's agenda with the EU, Mr Trump would be able to tackle the big issue of China and some other international issues that have troubled him over the last four years. 

He said he believed Mr Trump has missed a unique opportunity and he said that cutting tariffs as a solution for some of his problems has resulted in job losses in the US and a reduction in economic activity at a time of the pandemic.

Mr Hogan added Mr Trump should have another look at the trade tariff issue.