I see former Taoiseach John Bruton is being investigated by the European Commission regarding his acceptance of his job at the IFSC (Irish Independent).
The Commission claims Mr. Bruton should have informed them of his new job since it is less than two years since he left his position as the EU’s ambassador to the US.
Mr. Bruton said he was completely unaware that he had an obligation to get prior approval from the EU.
Is it credible that a former Taoiseach with long experience dealing with EU politics and law and subsequent years of service with the EU as ambassador was unaware of such a fundamental EU regulation?
It would be a bit like an Irish politician being ‘completely unaware’ of his pension rights.
Mr. Bruton is, however, unlikely to suffer any pain as a result of his ‘error’. EU officials are still on a steep learning curve regarding the relationship between Irish politicians and accountability.