Editorial: Government guilty of political naivety on Zappone appointment

The decision to make the former TD a special UN envoy for freedom of expression has caused huge embarrassment to an already fragile coalition

1st August, 2021
Editorial: Government guilty of political naivety on Zappone appointment
It was politically naive to think that giving a non-advertised job to a former independent minister in a Fine Gael-led government would pass unnoticed. Picture: Maxwells

It takes a special kind of political ineptitude to create a controversy which can compete for coverage with the outstanding performances of Team Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics. But the coalition government has achieved exactly that, with the rushed and ill-judged appointment of Katherine Zappone as special UN envoy for freedom of expression.

It has created coalition tensions and given the opposition an easy target during the Dáil’s summer recess, when such controversies are usually...

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