Former Minister Katherine Zappone has told the Government she WON'T be taking up the position of UN Special Envoy.
Zappone said the criticism of the appointment in recent days has impacted the legitimacy of the job itself.
There had been controversy about the Government appointing a former Minister and Zappone's recent hosting of an event for 50 people at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.
Ms Zappone said the role of Special Envoy on Freedom of Opinion and Expression could only be acceptable and valuable to the country if the appointment had the support of all parties.
Speaking this morning, when news of the function broke, Cavan-Monaghan Sinn Fein TD Matt Carthy said the optics didn't look good: