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Taoiseach says he won’t be ‘drawn into Fine Gael vs Fianna Fáil row’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he is not going to be drawn into a Fine Gael vs Fianna Fáil fight amid the Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney controversy.

The Fianna Fáil leader spoke with Newstalk on Thursday, saying that Leo Varadkar has been very clear that he didn’t know about the UN Special Envoy role until he got a text from Katherine Zappone.

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“I keep focused on the big issues. These issues do bubble up… I just don’t allow them to distract me,” Martin said.

“I’m not going to be distracted – I’m not going to let Government be destabilised over a part-time envoy position.”

He went on to say that he is “not going to be drawn into” a Fine Gael vs Fianna Fáil row.

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar apologised on Thursday after it emerged that texts he revealed between himself and former Minister Katherine Zappone were not disclosed when requested under Freedom of Information (FOI) law.

Last month, an event at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin on July 30th was attended by Leo Varadkar and hosted by Katherine Zappone. The event was just days before Zappone was appointed to the UN envoy role.

Following controversy, Zappone has since confirmed she would not accept the role.

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