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