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