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‘It’s been a bit of a mess’ – Harris on the Simon Coveney controversy

Minister for Further and Higher Education has said the incident involving Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney appointing Katherine Zappone a UN Special Envoy has been “handled badly” and has been a “bit of a mess”.

Coveney spoke to the Oireachtas on Tuesday, where he acknowledged creating a “political embarrassment” over the appointing of Katherine Zappone.


Sinn Féin spokesperson John Brady called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to “root out cronyism at the heart of his government and restore credibility”.

Harris was asked about his response to these requests on the RTE ONE Six One News.

Harris replied: “No, and as the Minister for Foreign Affairs said at the committee today, he can understand why someone would say that. But he also has very robustly made the point that it was his idea that Katherine Zappone should be our special envoy in Ireland and therefore he is the person that made that approach.”


“I’ve got to be really clear here, as everyone in the government has,” Harris replied.

“This has been handled badly. It’s been a bit of a mess, let’s be truthful about it. But we have also now had four hours of testimony at the committee, we’ve had about 110 documents published. Simon Coveney is known for his integrity,” he continued.

IMAGE – “Minister Simon Harris” by The Department of Health is licensed under CCBY2.0


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