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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Editorial: Fianna Fáil has a lot more work to do before its problems will be solved

Editorial: Tories and DUP must face up to Brexit disaster they created

Editorial: Now is the time to cautiously reclaim our freedom

Editorial: Zappone controversy reveals failure to take transparency seriously at highest levels