|Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government|
9 March 2011
|Preceded by||Éamon Ó Cuív|
April 1987 – June 1989
|Constituency||Industrial and Commercial Panel|
4 July 1960 |
|Political party||Fine Gael|
|Alma mater||University College Cork|
Phil Hogan (born 4 July 1960) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency since 1989, and is the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government since March 2011.
Early and private life
Hogan was born in Kilkenny in 1960. He was educated locally in St. Joseph's College; Freshford, St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny and University College Cork where he qualified with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Higher Diploma in Education. He is separated with one son, Edward. He set up Hogan Campion Auctioneers in Urlingford in the 1980s.
Hogan first became involved in politics at a local level as a member of Kilkenny County Council from 1982 to 2003. He was Chairman of the council in 1985–1986 and 1989–1990. He was a member of the South-Eastern Health Board from 1991–1999.
He contested the 1987 general election but was unsuccessful.
Following his failure to win a seat at the 1987 general election, Hogan was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann by the Industrial and Commercial Panel, serving between 1987 and 1989. During this time Hogan acted as Fine Gael spokesman on Justice and Industry and Commerce in the upper house of the Oireachtas. At the 1989 general election Hogan was elected to Dáil Éireann for the first time and has retained his seat ever since. He has held a number of Opposition Front Bench positions including spokesperson on the Food Industry (1989–1991), Consumer Affairs (1991–1993), Regional Affairs and European Development (1993–1994).
Minister of State
Between December 1994 and February 1995 Hogan served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works. He was forced to resign when a staff member sent out Budget details to a journalist before it was announced. Following his resignation from this post Hogan became Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, a position he held until 2001.
2002 leadership election
In the run-up to the 2002 general election, Hogan became Director of Organisation in Fine Gael. When Michael Noonan resigned as leader of Fine Gael after the party's disastrous results in that election, Hogan was a candidate in the subsequent leadership election. He lost out to Enda Kenny but was appointed spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
Taxes on property and water
In July 2011, Hogan outlined plans for a €100 annual “household charge” would become operable from January 2012 for two years, ahead of the introduction of a full property tax, based on site valuations, in 2014. 250,000 households, some 14 per cent, will be exempt from paying the charge. Hogan accepted the tax would cause hardship to some families, but presented it as the minimum possible charge he could have applied, saying it would cost “a modest €2 per week”.
Hogan also confirmed a new State utility company, Irish Water, would be set up in the autumn to oversee the process of installing meters in all domestic dwellings. That would pave the way for domestic water charges based on usage in two years’ time, he said. The new charges will be the first local taxes to be introduced for more than 30 years, since the new Fianna Fáil government led by Jack Lynch abolished domestic rates in 1977.
The annual “household charge” proposal proved controversial for Hogan on many levels. His suggestion that councils would be rewarded if they “pull out all the stops to collect the charge” was criticised. The Sunday Independent reported on Hogan's refusal to pay service charges on his penthouse apartment adjacent to the Victoria Golf Resort in Vilamoura, Portugal, due to a dispute with the apartment complex's management company - Hogan was quoted as asking "Would you pay a charge if you were unhappy with the service?"
Golf outing remarks incident
On 24 August 2011, during the Oireachtas golf outing, ex-Taoiseach John Bruton's former administrator, Anne O'Connell, alleged that Hogan delivered a crude sexual insult in her direction. O'Connell, who owns a number of buy-to-let properties, said she "took the opportunity to say to him that I hoped he would not 'screw' property owners in promised legislation. She reported Hogan's reply as: "I have no problem screwing you. Hasn't Mairtin been screwing you for years." The remark upset O'Connell, aged 70, so much that she felt unable to attend that night's golf dinner. The remark also made her husband and other members of her family "very angry." She immediately complained in writing to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Hogan issued a letter of apology a few days later saying: "I unreservedly apologise for those remarks which were totally inappropriate in a personal sense. . . It was intended in a jocose and private basis and certainly not intended as insulting."
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- McGee, Harry (27 July 2011). "Minister defends new €100 charge ahead of full property tax". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- Telford, Lyndsey (2 April 2012). "Government threats over non-payment of household charge ‘outrageous’". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- "Hogan urges authorities to 'pull out all the stops' in collecting charge". BreakingNews. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- Corcoran, Jody (1 April 2012). "Phil Hogan refuses to pay €4k service charges on his Portugal holiday penthouse: 'Would you pay a charge if you were unhappy with service?' asks Minister". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- Kealy, Willie (18 March 2012). "Minister apologises for crude sexual insult". Sunday Independent.
- Kealy, Willie (18 March 2012). "Phil Hogan sorry for lewd remark". Sunday Independent.
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Carlow–Kilkenny
|Minister of State for the Office of Public Works
Éamon Ó Cuív
as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
|Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party