An acquaintance of Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan says he never met Mr Hogan about Poolbeg
AN ESTATE agent and developer who has raised funds for Fine Gael was hired by American company Covanta to progress its controversial plans for the Poolbeg municipal waste incinerator in Dublin, The Irish Times has learned.
Arthur French, a leading figure in Kildare GAA circles who has played golf with Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, is believed to have been engaged by Covanta to ensure that hurdles facing its Poolbeg project were overcome, according to sources.
A Covanta spokesman said Mr French “is one of a number of consultants retained by the company to help us progress our project . . . He has been advising the company since last year and was retained to assist on a variety of commercial issues, including financing.”
Mr French said he had “nothing to hide”. He was advising Covanta on private equity funding and had not been hired because he knew Mr Hogan, he said, adding: “I know an awful lot of politicians better than Phil.