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Katherine Zappone hosted 50 guests, including Leo Varadkar, at five-star Dublin hotel days before special envoy appointment

Katherin Zappone reportedly hosted an outdoor event at a five-star Dublin hotel, which included 50 guests, one of which being Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

The event was hosted just six days before Zappone was appointed special envoy on freedom of opinion and expression.

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The Irish Independent reported that the event occurred on July 21st, and was attended by Zappone’s friends and politicians, including Varadkar.

Fáilte Ireland’s guidelines for reopening hotels and guesthouses state that organised events, indoors or outdoors, are not permitted, unless they are weddings or non-social meetings, training and educational programmes considered essential.

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin said they adhered to public health guidelines at all times during the event.

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The hotel said: “Government regulations at the time allowed for outdoor events of up to 200 people, and the definition of that includes social events.”

“This upper limit still applies, except now indoor events in hotels are excluded per government guidelines published by Fáilte Ireland.”

The Irish Independent also reported that Leo Varadkar checked the compliance with regulations with both the venue and with Zappone before attending the event.

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