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#Zapponegate

# zapponegate - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Top civil servant declines to answer questions about Cabinet leaks during 'mischievous' committee
# Secretary General
# Secretary General

Top civil servant declines to answer questions about Cabinet leaks during 'mischievous' committee

Sep 29th 2021, 7:37 PM 32,311 Views 16 Comments

The Secretary General at the Department of An Taoiseach was appearing before an Oireachtas Committee.

# zapponegate - 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

Sep 21st 2021, 12:26 PM 14,512 Views 16 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Monday 20 September, 2021

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

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

Updated Sep 20th 2021, 8:40 PM 57,771 Views 103 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Minister Simon Coveney wins confidence vote in the Dáil by 92 votes to 59
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# Zapponegate

Minister Simon Coveney wins confidence vote in the Dáil by 92 votes to 59

Updated Sep 15th 2021, 10:20 PM 75,126 Views 148 Comments

Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry resigns party whip and will vote against Simon Coveney in confidence motion
# No Confidence
# No Confidence

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry resigns party whip and will vote against Simon Coveney in confidence motion

Updated Sep 15th 2021, 5:32 PM 62,830 Views 106 Comments

The debate on the confidence motion is scheduled for this evening.

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 13,243 Views 44 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco
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# Zapponegate

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 4:50 PM 44,231 Views 124 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Monday 13 September, 2021

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

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

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 3:30 PM 36,708 Views 86 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Sunday 12 September, 2021

Sinn Féin motion on Coveney is a publicity stunt, says Humphreys
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# Zapponegate

Sinn Féin motion on Coveney is a publicity stunt, says Humphreys

Sep 12th 2021, 4:03 PM 17,547 Views 93 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said today that there are “more important things” than the controversy surrounding Coveney’s appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN special envoy position.

# zapponegate - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

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

Taoiseach 'has confidence' in Simon Coveney, says spokesperson

Updated Sep 8th 2021, 5:50 PM 51,122 Views 189 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'
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# 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 46,923 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
'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
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# Zapponegate

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation

Sep 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,854 Views 14 Comments
  • Latest episode in controversy has seen concerns raised by journalists, transparency activists and opposition TDs, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Simon Coveney set to appear before Oireachtas committee this morning, following admission last week that he deleted text messages.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs published 111 records relating to proposed Zappone appointment yesterday on foot of numerous FOI requests.

# zapponegate - Monday 6 September, 2021

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Document Drop
# Document Drop

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March

Sep 6th 2021, 5:20 PM 44,488 Views 130 Comments
  • Coveney is due back before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow morning and has promised to answer questions on the documents.
  • Texts released today add further detail to the timeline surrounding the planned appointment of Zappone to the UN envoy role.
  • The document dump also includes a text from Zappone in the aftermath of the Merrion-gate controversy.

# zapponegate - Friday 3 September, 2021

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

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

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:56 PM 10,691 Views 84 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Thursday 2 September, 2021

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

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

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:10 PM 17,977 Views 37 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Wednesday 1 September, 2021

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

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

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 1:40 PM 28,771 Views 44 Comments

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

# zapponegate - Tuesday 31 August, 2021

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

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

Updated Aug 31st 2021, 6:07 PM 35,678 Views 45 Comments

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