August 23, 2020

EU trade commissioner apologises for attending ‘golfgate’ dinner

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has apologised for attending a golf dinner in his native Ireland the day after the country’s parliament voted to ban such gatherings, as pressure mounted on him to resign.

Micheál Martin, Ireland’s prime minister, and Leo Varadkar, deputy premier, issued a joint statement on Saturday night calling on Mr Hogan to consider his position.

The move followed a clamour from opposition parties over a dinner the commissioner attended with 81 people that was organised by a golf society in the Irish parliament. The affair has been dubbed “golfgate” in Irish political circles.

The Irish government said in a Friday statement that Mr Hogan needed “to give a full account and explanations of his actions”.

Mr Hogan, Ireland’s member of the European Commission since 2014, has told allies he intends to stay in post. In a statement on Sunday, he offered a “fulsome and profound apology” for the situation, saying: “I realise fully the unnecessary stress, risk and offence caused to the people of Ireland by my attendance at such an event, at such a difficult time for all.” 

Mr Hogan confirmed in the statement that he had spoken both to the prime minister and deputy

Washington football team president to focus on new stadium

The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium is seen in this aerial photograph taken above Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 2019.

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Jason Wright, the new president of Washington’s football team, will start his role Monday with his initial business strategies in place as he aims to fix the club’s damaged culture in need of repair from top to bottom.

Head coach Ron Rivera will handle the football side, while Wright will oversee business operations, including helping to determine the club’s new name and logo. But Wright will also be faced with what he calls “a beast” – delivering team owner Dan Snyder his new stadium.

“The clock is ticking on that,” Wright said an interview with CNBC last week. “That is a major endeavor and an economic driver not just for the club, but for the entire region.”

Wright’s hire comes with plenty of praise throughout the National Football League, and he’s well aware of the task he faces repairing the Washington football team. And he’ll be doing so as the league’s first Black team president.

Wright also admitted he’s “never done something so complex” when discussing the new stadium. He’s experienced in governmental affairs,

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