IRELAND’S EU COMMISSIONER for Agriculture Phil Hogan has been awarded one of Austria’s highest national honours at a ceremony in Brussels.
The Fine Gael politician has been Ireland’s representative in the European Commission since November 2014 and was presented with the honour by Austria’s Minister for Agriculture Andrä Rupprechter this morning.
Decorations of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria are divided into 20 different grades and Hogan was presented with the second highest.
The award given to Hogan is called the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash.
The Irish Times reports that Hogan was described as a “special friend” of Austria’ by Rupprechter and that Danny Boy was among the songs played during the ceremony.