Coveney facing mounting calls from opposition to reisgn

The Foreign Affairs Minister is facing mounting calls from the opposition to resign ahead of a no confidence motion in the Dail tomorrow.

The motion centres around Simon Coveney’s handling of the appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN Special Envoy role.

He has faced criticism for offering the newly created job to a former minister without it being publicly advertised.

Government ministers have described the vote as a “publicity stunt” but Labour has indicated it’ll be supporting the Sinn Fein motion.

And Social Democrats co-leader, Catherine Murphy, says they’ll also be backing it.

“We’ve had a minister that has come before the Foreign Affairs Committee twice, the Government seems to be in disarray over who said what to whom, and when.

“The fact that a job can be made up, and that’s what it certainly looks like – cronyism.

“The very poor governance around a range of different things, from Freedom of Information to whether or not the committee was even misled.”

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