THE EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, reportedly stayed in a Limerick hotel recently.
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin urged Hogan, a former Irish government minister, to "consider his position" after revelations he was one of the 82 attendees at the dinner.
Police are investigating no matter whether coronavirus regulations were being broken in holding the Irish parliament's golfing modern society event two days soon after the Authorities introduced it supposed to prohibit indoor gatherings of much more than 6 persons.
"I acknowledge my actions have touched a nerve for the people of Ireland, something for which I am profoundly sorry", Hogan said in a statement, adding that his attendance had caused "unnecessary stress, risk and offense".
"That to me would be very, very serious indeed", Martin, who called for Hogan to consider his position on Saturday, told national broadcaster RTE.
The interpretation of what defines "integrity, dignity" and the "highest standards of ethical conduct" is left completely open to the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen.
An Irish Government statement said: "They both believe the event should never have been held, that the commissioner's apology came late and that he still needs to give a full account and explanation of his actions".
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It emerged that the EU Commissioner attended the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden last week.
The Irish representative on the European Union executive commission was asked on Saturday by Ireland's prime minister and deputy prime minister to consider his position after his attendance at a golf dinner caused public outrage and led to other political resignations.
The article says a member of the commission shall resign if the president makes the request.
Trade is a central issue in the EU's efforts to build agreement with the United Kingdom to mitigate any ill-effects from Brexit. His spokeperson later confirmed that during this trip the Commissioner was stopped by gardaí for using his mobile phone while driving.
He then says he travelled from Kilkenny to Galway on August 17th and "stopped briefly" in Kildare at the property he had been staying to collect "some personal belongings and essential papers" relating to ongoing negotiations with the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer.
The spokesperson also insisted the current lockdown guidelines for Kildare allow for exceptional travel outside the county for work reasons.