Questions raised about how much Leo Varadkar knew about Zappone appointment

Questions have been raised about how much the Tanaiste knew around the appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN Special Envoy role.

It’s claimed that Minister Simon Coveney’s cabinet colleagues weren’t aware of the appointment until a meeting in July.

However, it’s since emerged that Tainaiste Leo Varadkar contacted Minister Coveney ahead of attending a gathering at The Merrion Hotel hosted by Ms Zappone before her appointment was announced.

The former government minister eventually turned down the job following her appointment.

Simon Coveney appeared before an Oireachtas Committee yesterday to answer questions on the debacle.

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