Katherine Zappone To Be Asked Before Oireachtas Committee To Answer Questions

Former Minister Katherine Zappone is to be asked to appear before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions about the controversy over the UN Special Envoy role.

It comes as Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney faces a confidence vote in the Dáil this evening.

Clare’s Fine Gael Senator is confident that Simon Coveney will survive the vote.


The Foreign Affairs Minister is facing a Sinn Féin motion over his attempted appointment of Katherine Zappone as a UN Special Envoy.

The vote is the biggest item on the agenda as the Dáil returns from its summer recess this afternoon.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan says he expects his party TDs to back Simon Coveney.

Sinn Fein says it was left with no option but to move the motion of no confidence in Minister Coveney, after the failed appointment.

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald says the Government had to be sent a message.

Clare’s Fine Gael Senator insists the current Government will remain in office for the duration of its term despite the ongoing controversy.

The three coalition parties are due to remain in power until 2025, with Micheal Martin and Leo Varadkar to swap Taoiseach and Tanaiste roles at the end of next year.

Ennistymon-based Senator Martin Conway believes the Government will provide political stability going forward.