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Cavan TD says Zappone's appointment as Special Envoy was "badly handled"

Aug 5, 2021 16:08 By News Northern Sound
Cavan TD says Zappone's appointment as Special Envoy was "badly handled" Cavan TD says Zappone's appointment as Special Envoy was "badly handled"
Katherine Zappone (Photo: Houses of the Oireachtas)
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There's ongoing controversy linked to former Minister Katherine Zappone.

Leo Varadkar has been accused of hiding from questions about his attendance at a function hosted by former Minister Katherine Zappone.

The Tánaiste said in a statement he doesn't believe the event for 50 people at the Merrion Hotel breached Covid guidelines.

Those guidelines are currently being redrawn to take account of advice from the Attorney General allowing outdoor events of up to 200 people.

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Sinn Féin's Health Spokesperson David Cullinane believes the Tánaiste has questions to answer:

A Cavan TD says Katherine Zappone's appointment as Special Envoy was "badly handled".

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Yesterday, the former minister said she won't take the job, after the manner of her appointment was criticised.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin previously said he had not been made aware of the move prior to a Cabinet meeting last month.

Local TD Brendan Smith criticised the move, but wouldn't be drawn on what repercussions those responsible should face.

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Meanwhile,  a Junior Minister is questioning the decision to create the role of Special Envoy to the UN on freedom of expression.

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Junior Minister, Niall Collins, says there are questions now about the UN role and why it was created:

It's also emerged that Transport Minister Eamon Ryan attended a large gathering last month following the Dublin Bay South by-election.

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