Kilkenny’s Phil Hogan has been named as the new EU Commissioner for Trade.
His nomination comes at a crucial time for both the EU and Ireland, with his tenure coinciding with the UK’s exit from the EU.
In a statement, Commissioner Hogan says he will support the pursuit of a “strong, open and fair trade agenda.”
President-elect of the European Commission, announced the position along with other roles in the College of Commissioners.
Ursula von der Leyen, described Mr Hogan as a tough but fair negotiator.