Michael Brennan: Zappone’s departure will limit the fallout, but the past week has damaged the coalition

Had the former minister not resigned from her appointment as the government’s UN special envoy, her gathering in the Merrion Hotel could have turned into Hotelgate, a year on from Golfgate

The revelation that Katherine Zappone organised an outdoor gathering of 50 people, including Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin six days before her appointment has piled pressure on the government. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Katherine Zappone’s short-lived term as the government’s UN special envoy was up once it emerged that she had organised an outdoor gathering in a prominent Dublin hotel less than a week before her appointment.

That appointment by Minister for Foreign Affairs had already been the subject of much criticism after it emerged no one else had been considered for the role.

The government had been hoping that controversy about the appointment of Zappone as UN ...