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Did Zappone Ask For Envoy Position to be Created for Her? Coveney Must Come Clean Now. - Tóibín

“Even at this late stage the Taoiseach does not know the circumstances of how the job of Special Envoy for Freedom of Expression materialised. Did Katherine Zappone ask Simon Covney to create this job for her. This is an extremely important point. It goes to the heart of this 2 tier Ireland, where some benefit from access to power and the rest of society don’t. It’s incredible that Simon Coveney remains silent on this issue. Its incredible that days after the Taoiseach rolled over, and rubberstamped the decision despite being kept in the dark still does not know  how all this came about”.


“Most of Government have now stated that this type of appointments shouldn’t happen again. They have concede that it should be about ‘what you know and not who you know’. Most have articulated generalised statements that this should not happen again. But not one Government Minister or TD has committed to ending this type of cronyism. Mild statements of disapproval of the system are more about putting an end to this scandal than actually reforming the system. Unless there is change now this will happen again and again”.     


“Aontú is calling on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to come clean and detail exactly how he gave his friend and former colleague this job. We are calling on the decision to be reversed and the position to be appointed on the basis of merit. We are calling on a clear Government commitment that this will not happen again”.


By Aontú Press | 29 July, 2021

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