‘A serious mistake that shouldn’t have happened’ – Foreign Affairs Minister speaks of champagne celebration had by his department during Covid restrictions

That’s the verdict of the Foreign Affairs Minister to the champagne celebration by staff at his department during covid restrictions.

Four officials have agreed to pay 5,000 euro between them to charity following an internal investigation

Minister Simon Coveney believes that is sanction enough and says the ‘spontaneous’ event is in no way comparable to the parties we’ve heard about at Downing St.:

“This was a serious mistake that shouldn’t have happened and I don’t excuse it in any way. I’m just trying to put a context around what happened. This wasn’t an organized party, with people invited to it. It lasted for about a minute, it did involve about 20 people and that shouldn’t have happened.”


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