Mur­phy leaves EU job after just seven months

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For­mer Cork Fine Gael North Cen­tral TD, Dara Mur­phy’s job at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has come to an end just seven months after he took up the post.

Mr Mur­phy moved into the po­si­tion in the cab­i­net of the Bul­gar­ian Euro­pean com­mis­sioner Mariya Gabriel in De­cem­ber after re­sign­ing from his po­si­tion in the Dáil un­der the shadow of an ex­penses scan­dal.

The Fine Gael politi­cian had been rep­re­sent­ing Cork North-Cen­tral while be­ing based pri­mar­ily in Brus­sels, where he worked in a se­nior po­si­tion in the Euro­pean Peo­ple’s Party while hav­ing the low­est vot­ing turnout record in the Dáil.

Mr Mur­phy abruptly stopped work­ing in the com­mis­sioner’s cab­i­net in mid-June after just seven months in the post and he has moved into an­other po­si­tion within the com­mis­sion where he will work on re­search and in­no­va­tion un­til his no­tice pe­riod ends in Sep­tem­ber.

“By mu­tual agree­ment Dara Mur­phy has left my cab­i­net. I am very grate­ful for his con­tri­bu­tion from the be­gin­ning of the man­date,” Ms Gabriel told

The Ir­ish Times. “I wish Dara all the best for the fu­ture.”

Mr Mur­phy told The Ir­ish Times he had left his post due to a “new op­por­tu­nity” but would not say what this was.

Ms Gabriel had pre­vi­ously taken crit­i­cism be­cause of the con­tro­versy over Mr Mur­phy’s poor at­ten­dance and ex­pense claims in the Dáil broke that just as he took up his new po­si­tion in her cab­i­net, lead­ing to neg­a­tive cov­er­age in the press in her na­tive Bul­garia.

For­mer Fine Gael TD Dara Mur­phy has left his job at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion

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