Michael Martin, has made himself, and Fianna Fail, the Doormat for Varadkar and Coveney, and Sadly not one FF Backbencher Stands up, and Screams, Enough is Enough; FF the Dying Party??

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Micheál, Simon and the row that won’t go away: Controversy over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as a UN envoy reveals all is not well in the Coalition

Controversy over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as a UN envoy reveals all is not well in the Coalition

Controversy over Katherine Zappone’s
                  appointment as a UN envoy reveals all is not well in
                  the Coalition
Katherine Zappone turned down the offer of a role
                  as UN free speech envoy following controversy

Controversy over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as a UN envoy reveals all is not well in the Coalition

September 05 2021 02:30 AM


When Micheál Martin was leader of the opposition, he had a lot to say about Fine Gael appointments. One in particular drew his ire. “This was an insider appointment and it stinks to high heaven,” he told the Dáil on June 20, 2017, of the decision to appoint outgoing attorney general Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal.

That was the second time in a week he had used the word “stinks” to describe the appointment, having six days earlier told the newly elected taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “This cannot be overcome by comments such as, ‘Ah, sure, we’ll do better next time’.”

How times have changed. From the outset of the controversy over Fine Gael’s botched attempt to appoint Katherine Zappone as a UN envoy, current Taoiseach Martin has sought to consign it to the past. The day after it was agreed by the Cabinet, where he learned of it for the first time, Martin said it was “now time to move on”.

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