Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD Insists Fine Gael Need To Deal With Katherine Zappone Controversy Internally

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Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD insists it won’t be good enough if Fine Gael don’t deal with the Katherine Zappone controversy internally.

It comes ahead of a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, following the failed appointment of Ms Zappone to a UN Special Envoy role.


Sinn Féin says Simon Coveney’s position is untenable, because of his proposed appointment of Katherine Zappone as a special envoy.

The failed appointment has dominated headlines for the last number of weeks, with the Dáil due to vote on Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence on Wednesday.

But the move has been described as a side show by Clare’s Fianna Fáil TD, who says there are more important things happening in the Oireachtas this week.

Meelick-based Deputy Cathal Crowe insists his party has a good relationship with Fine Gael in Government and that this matter should be dealt with internally by them.

The Green Party leader, meanwhile, says his party will be supporting the Foreign Affairs Minister when he faces a vote of no confidence in the Dail.

Eamon Ryan admits mistakes have been made but he believes the Government works well together.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs have apologised to his party over the controversy.

The imminent motion of no-confidence in Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is overshadowing the Fine Gael think-in in Co Meath today.

Leo Varadkar said a memo outlining the planned appointment was given to Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s office before the controversial cabinet meeting.