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‘It’s an embarrassment for me’ – Coveney ahead of no-confidence vote

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he is frankly embarrassed over the role he played in the Katherine Zappone controversy.

Sinn Féin is to table a motion of no-confidence in Coveney tomorrow, using their speaking slot to do so.

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Coveney noted he should have “taken the story more seriously” and been more transparent about the issue.

“I have to say this hasn’t been my finest month in politics since this issue became a political issue. I should have dealt with it a lot earlier, with a lot more detail and a lot more transparency,” he said.

“Certainly my role in this has contributed to this becoming a political story that it didn’t need to become. It is a real frustration and quite frankly an embarrassment for me to be the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.”

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Coveney claimed he was “not trying to pull the wool over anybody’s eyes” in appointing Zappone as a UN Special Envoy.

“There was no arrogance here, this was me trying to do my job,” he added.

IMAGE – “Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Vice President Michelle O’Neill” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CCBY2.0/

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