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Zappone Will Not Accept UN Role

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Following event held for 50 people

Katherine Zappone will not accept the role of UN Special Envoy.

It comes after she held an event for 50 people, including the Tánaiste, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

The hotel is insisting the event was Covid compliant.

It was held less than a week before Ms Zappone was appointed a Special Envoy by the Government.

The former Children's Minister issued a statement on her decision, "While I am honoured to have been appointed by the Government to be the Special Envoy on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.

"It is my conviction that a Special Envoy role can only be of real value to Ireland and to the global community if the appointment is acceptable to all parties," she said.

"For this reason, I have decided not to accept this appointment, and I have communicated my decision to the Minister for Foreign Affairs".

Earlier today, Ms. Zappone issued a statement to RTÉ:

 

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy says the news has gone down very badly in his party:

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