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Varadkar reveals he apologised to Micheál Martin over Katherine Zappone controversy

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has revealed that he had apologised to the Taoiseach Micheál Martin over the controversy surrounding the appointing of Katherine Zappone as a UN Special Envoy.

“In relation to the Zappone appointment – as you know, the memo with the name of Katherine Zappone was in the Taoiseach’s office the day before the cabinet meeting,” Varadkar said.

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“Notwithstanding that, Simon Coveney and I had a responsibility to flag that to him – him as line minister, me as leader – in government there should be good faith and no surprises.”

Varadkar was then asked whether he had apologised to the Taoiseach over the incident.

He replied: “I did, absolutely. This is the third coalition I have been involved in – I know something about making coalitions work. Both of them lasted full-term. It has to be based on two principles; good faith – and we have good faith in this government among the three parties and the three leaders – and no surprises.”

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Varadkar then conceded that “I should have seen the potential political sensitivities in this appointment.

IMAGE -“Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020” by Houses of the Oireachtas is licensed under CC BY 2.0/PA Images

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