Irish bruiser, on the ropes at home, comes out swinging in Brussels

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Agriculture commissioner has eyes on a bigger prize, but it’s unclear how far Dublin will back him.

There’s no going back for Phil Hogan.

With his reputation at home still in tatters for introducing an unpopular water charge at the height of the financial crisis, the Irishman has launched a stealth campaign to stay in Brussels after next year’s European election.

The giant from County Kilkenny, who stands 1.95 meters tall, has set his eyes on becoming the next trade commissioner, according to five senior EU officials and…

Hogan, meanwhile, told…

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