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#Katherine Zappone

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 23 September, 2021

'I've been busy this week': Coveney says he's not met or spoken to Zappone while in New York
# New York
# New York

'I've been busy this week': Coveney says he's not met or spoken to Zappone while in New York

Thu 6:26 PM 11,261 Views 24 Comments

Zappone has declined an invite to come before an Oireachtas Committee to discuss her abandoned appointment as UN special envoy.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Taoiseach's Secretary General to come before Oireachtas Committee over Zappone appointment
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

Taoiseach's Secretary General to come before Oireachtas Committee over Zappone appointment

Tue 12:26 PM 14,449 Views 16 Comments

Martin Fraser in the Department of An Taoiseach will face the committee, though Zappone has confirmed she will not.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 20 September, 2021

Zappone a ‘private citizen’ says Taoiseach, after she turns down committee invite
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Zappone a ‘private citizen’ says Taoiseach, after she turns down committee invite

Updated Mon 8:40 PM 57,629 Views 103 Comments

Zappone declined an invite to face an Oireachtas Committee over her special envoy role.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Katherine Zappone will be asked to appear before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions
# Rolling Controversy
# Rolling Controversy

Katherine Zappone will be asked to appear before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions

Sep 15th 2021, 2:28 PM 13,212 Views 44 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Committee agreed to extend the request this morning.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 4:50 PM 44,076 Views 124 Comments

Sinn Féin is set to table a motion of no confidence in Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney tomorrow.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 13 September, 2021

As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'
# Reset
# Reset

As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 3:30 PM 36,606 Views 87 Comments

The FG leader said it was time to “refresh, regroup and reset”.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Taoiseach 'has confidence' in Simon Coveney, says spokesperson
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Taoiseach 'has confidence' in Simon Coveney, says spokesperson

Updated Sep 8th 2021, 5:50 PM 50,993 Views 189 Comments

His comment comes after Mary Lou McDonald said today that Simon Coveney cannot stay on.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 9:28 PM 29,255 Views 115 Comments

Coveney was grilled further on the Zappone controversy before an Oireachtas Committee today.

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'
# Sorry
# Sorry

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 1:00 PM 46,823 Views 148 Comments
  • Coveney acknowledges "making mistakes in recent weeks" and that this has created "a political embarrassment for the Government"
  • In hindsight , Coveney says it would have been helpful for him to respond to Zappone's text to tell her that it was not a job offer, but rather a concept.
  • The minister called Zappone on Sunday to tell her their text messages were being released

# katherine-zappone - Monday 6 September, 2021

Future special envoys should be appointed through open competition, says Taoiseach
# Transparency
# Transparency

Future special envoys should be appointed through open competition, says Taoiseach

Sep 6th 2021, 2:54 PM 9,852 Views 26 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is expected to publish documents today relating to Katherine Zappone’s role.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 5 September, 2021

Taoiseach must 'stamp his authority' and put an end to Zappone row, Fianna Fáil TD says
# James Lawless
# James Lawless

Taoiseach must 'stamp his authority' and put an end to Zappone row, Fianna Fáil TD says

Sep 5th 2021, 3:27 PM 25,662 Views 55 Comments

James Lawless described the controversy as a “Fine Gael mess” and insisted: “There’s not a single Fianna Fail-er near this.”

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 4 September, 2021

‘Comprehensive’ information will clarify Zappone appointment, Taoiseach says
# Merriongate
# Merriongate

‘Comprehensive’ information will clarify Zappone appointment, Taoiseach says

Sep 4th 2021, 3:10 PM 14,047 Views 48 Comments

Micheál Martin denied the row is proving a distraction to the Government.

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
# Merrion Gate
# Merrion Gate

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?

Sep 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,277 Views 83 Comments
  • Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone have been drawn back into controversy this week.
  • Developments included deleted and revealed texts, FOI requests and an Oireachtas committee.
  • Orla Dwyer takes a look back at what happened in late July and what the situation is now.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 3 September, 2021

Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published
# Simon SMS
# Simon SMS

Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:56 PM 10,658 Views 84 Comments

TD Matt Carthy said the Department of Foreign Affairs should also clarify if any other relevant documents have been erased.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 2 September, 2021

'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate
# Disagreed
# Disagreed

'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:10 PM 17,916 Views 37 Comments

The Tánaiste said he regrets going “anywhere near” the Merrion Hotel event.

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
# Merrion
# Merrion

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy

Updated Sep 2nd 2021, 5:28 PM 42,425 Views 115 Comments

The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 1 September, 2021

'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney
# Spelling It Out
# Spelling It Out

'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 9:38 PM 109,598 Views 85 Comments
  • New screenshots show conversations between Leo Varadkar with Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney in July.
  • The Tánaiste and Zappone discussed her event at the Merrion Hotel, including whether it was "definitely legal".
  • She asked the Tánaiste if he had heard anything about her prospective appointment as a UN Special Envoy.
'I've been hacked': Coveney says he is being 'prudent' by clearing his phone regularly
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

'I've been hacked': Coveney says he is being 'prudent' by clearing his phone regularly

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 1:40 PM 28,710 Views 45 Comments

Simon Coveney said yesterday that Katherine Zappone did not lobby him for a job.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 31 August, 2021

Coveney received a text but not a 'formal invitation' to Zappone event at Merrion Hotel
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Coveney received a text but not a 'formal invitation' to Zappone event at Merrion Hotel

Updated Aug 31st 2021, 6:07 PM 35,572 Views 45 Comments

The minister is facing scrutiny from an Oireachtas committee over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as a UN envoy.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 16 August, 2021

No decision yet on Katherine Zappone replacement - Coveney
# Merriongate
# Merriongate

No decision yet on Katherine Zappone replacement - Coveney

Aug 16th 2021, 5:57 PM 13,970 Views 30 Comments

He acknowledged that mistakes were made in the appointment of the former children’s minister as a UN special envoy.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 13 August, 2021

Public Accounts Committee to discuss Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN envoy
# Controversy
# Controversy

Public Accounts Committee to discuss Katherine Zappone’s appointment as UN envoy

Aug 13th 2021, 5:04 PM 19,714 Views 47 Comments

The former children’s minister stepped back from the role amid controversy over the manner of her appointment.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Paschal Donohoe says he 'absolutely accepts' Leo Varadkar's explanations about 'Merrion Gate'
# Taxation Report
# Taxation Report

Paschal Donohoe says he 'absolutely accepts' Leo Varadkar's explanations about 'Merrion Gate'

Aug 10th 2021, 1:49 PM 24,745 Views 68 Comments

Donohoe also said today that he was invited to the event but was out of the country when it took place.

# katherine-zappone - Monday 9 August, 2021

Eamon Ryan 'regrets' controversy caused by Zappone and Green Party events
# Guidelines
# Guidelines

Eamon Ryan 'regrets' controversy caused by Zappone and Green Party events

Aug 9th 2021, 10:55 AM 31,332 Views 76 Comments

“In hindsight, in terms of maintaining public confidence, I’d prefer had we not attended those events,” the minister said today.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 8 August, 2021

'Further clarity' was needed on guidelines after Zappone event, Taoiseach says
# Merrion Gate
# Merrion Gate

'Further clarity' was needed on guidelines after Zappone event, Taoiseach says

Aug 8th 2021, 2:24 PM 37,959 Views 91 Comments

Micheál Martin issued his first comments today about the event which was attended by 50 people including Leo Varadkar.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 6 August, 2021

Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
# New Rules
# New Rules

Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines

Aug 6th 2021, 11:29 AM 45,144 Views 108 Comments
  • The update comes after advice from the Attorney General, Órla Ryan reports
  • The latest update comes amid controversy over an event organised by former minister Katherine Zappone
  • Weddings fall under a different regulation and have an upper limit of 100 guests

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 5 August, 2021

Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'
# Covid Guidelines
# Covid Guidelines

Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'

Updated Aug 5th 2021, 5:42 PM 54,217 Views 103 Comments

The government yesterday said that outdoor events of up to 200 people can take place.

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister can't say if UN job offered to Zappone will be filled
# Freedom Of Expression
# Freedom Of Expression

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister can't say if UN job offered to Zappone will be filled

Updated Aug 5th 2021, 4:38 PM 15,298 Views 21 Comments

The DFA has said a decision on the next steps will not be taken until next month.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 4 August, 2021

Katherine Zappone says she will not accept UN envoy role after days of mounting political pressure
# Merrion Hotel
# Merrion Hotel

Katherine Zappone says she will not accept UN envoy role after days of mounting political pressure

Updated Aug 4th 2021, 5:46 PM 121,248 Views 223 Comments
  • Political pressure has mounted since it emerged Zappone held an event for 50 people before being appointed.
  • The Merrion Hotel, where the event was hosted, said that all Covid-19 guidelines were followed at the event.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has released a statement saying he was only in attendance for 45 minutes.
In wake of Zappone hotel controversy, Government says outdoor events of up to 200 can take place
# Gatherings
# Gatherings

In wake of Zappone hotel controversy, Government says outdoor events of up to 200 can take place

Aug 4th 2021, 5:35 PM 33,111 Views 24 Comments

It comes in the wake of reports that former Minister Katherine Zappone held a large social event outdoors at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel.

# katherine-zappone - Saturday 31 July, 2021

Larry Donnelly: Katherine Zappone will provide value for money as special envoy
# Opinion
# Opinion

Larry Donnelly: Katherine Zappone will provide value for money as special envoy

Jul 31st 2021, 8:00 PM 30,046 Views 115 Comments

Our columnist muses on the Zappone furore, summer days and what’s next for Donald Trump.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 29 July, 2021

Eamon Ryan says despite process 'misgivings', Katherine Zappone will make 'excellent' envoy
# Cabinet Approval
# Cabinet Approval

Eamon Ryan says despite process 'misgivings', Katherine Zappone will make 'excellent' envoy

Jul 29th 2021, 10:30 AM 15,016 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach would not be drawn today on whether the job was Zappone’s idea.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy

Jul 28th 2021, 12:40 PM 56,975 Views 124 Comments

Varadkar said Zappone approached Coveney about the position.

# katherine-zappone - Tuesday 27 July, 2021

Donohoe defends appointment of Zappone as UN special envoy for freedom of expression
# New Job
# New Job

Donohoe defends appointment of Zappone as UN special envoy for freedom of expression

Jul 27th 2021, 4:17 PM 40,614 Views 87 Comments

Zappone will be assisting Minister Simon Coveney with United Nations business.

# katherine-zappone - Sunday 25 April, 2021

Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept
# Dept Of Children
# Dept Of Children

Illegal adoption investigator says she was treated 'disrespectfully and in an unprofessional manner' by Dept

Apr 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 48,156 Views 28 Comments

She lodged a complaint about the department’s ‘failure to comply with the assurances’ provided to her.

# katherine-zappone - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Zappone welcomes arrival of 8 young people from Greek refugee camp
# Migrants
# Migrants

Zappone welcomes arrival of 8 young people from Greek refugee camp

Jun 17th 2020, 6:01 PM 27,986 Views 55 Comments

The children will be received into the care of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the Department of Children be scrapped?

Jun 11th 2020, 8:56 AM 50,536 Views 58 Comments

A proposal to merge the Department of Children with the Department of Education is being considered.

# katherine-zappone - Friday 29 May, 2020

'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June
# Childcare
# Childcare

'Play-pods' of up to 12 children to be introduced in creches as they reopen from 29 June

May 29th 2020, 5:23 PM 26,493 Views 24 Comments

These services will first be made available to children of essential workers and those experiencing poverty or welfare issues.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse
# Front Line
# Front Line

Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse

May 14th 2020, 1:31 PM 10,060 Views 14 Comments

The government announced that a childcare scheme for healthcare workers had to be scrapped.

'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'Shambolic': Government told to 'go back to the drawing board' over failed childcare scheme for healthcare workers

Updated May 14th 2020, 11:12 AM 33,559 Views 107 Comments

The scheme has been scrapped after just six providers had applied to take part.

# katherine-zappone - Thursday 7 May, 2020

No insurance cover for childcare providers that take part in government scheme, warns broker
# Childcare
# Childcare

No insurance cover for childcare providers that take part in government scheme, warns broker

Updated May 7th 2020, 3:33 PM 51,222 Views 54 Comments

45 hours a week of childcare in the home will be provided to certain workers from 18 May.

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