Fine Gael TD defending private outdoor function hosted by Katherine Zappone and attended by Tanaiste Leo Varadkar

Katherine Zappone hosted around 50 friends and former colleagues at the event at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, six days before she was appointed as special UN envoy, according to the Irish Independent.

Currently, the Fáilte Ireland guidelines for the return of hospitality say organised events are not allowed to take place.

However, Fine Gael TD for Cork North Central, Colm Burke, doesn’t think the event breached Covid guidelines:

“I’m not sure where you’re seeing there’s a breach of guidelines- there was an outdoor event as I understand it, I haven’t examined the report in the papers that extensively, but my understanding was that it was an outdoor event. My understanding is that Leo Varadkar checked with the hotel.”


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