This afternoon.

Trim, county Meath.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney held a press confernce at the Fine Gael think-in alongside Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to discuss the Sinn Féin motion of no-confidence in him over his handing of the Katherine Zappone UN appointment

Via Irish Times

Simon Coveney has said he did not act arrogantly in handling the “fiasco” of the Katherine Zappone appointment, ahead of a motion of no confidence in him tomorrow.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs said he was “embarrassed” by it, but stuck by the appointment of the former minister to a UN special envoy role in principle, while apologising for how it was handled.

“The first thing I’d say is that I’m embarrassed about this. This has been a fiasco since the issue was brought to Cabinet and approved by Cabinet,” he said, but returned to his defence of his motivation for the appointment, which he said was “appropriate”.

…“My role in this this has contributed to this becoming a political story that it didn’t need to become,” he said. “It is a real frustration and quite frankly an embarrassment for me to be the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.”

Pull yourself together, man.

Coveney denies ‘arrogance’ in handling of Zappone appointment (Irish Times)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

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12 thoughts on “Trim The Sails

  1. GiggidyGoo

    He still can’t see it then – that the appointment, and the manner in which he tried to sneak it past was the definition of arrogance.
    FGers do what FGers do.

    1. Charlie

      In other news, I see Johnathan Dowdall has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel. Once a Shinner, always a Shinner.

  2. Fearganainm

    Leo darting a few “So you thought you could be leader, eh?” looks at Coveney there, while Coveney’s facial muscles don’t know what to do with themselves.

  3. eamonn

    Interesting timeline ; “This has been a fiasco since the issue was brought to Cabinet and approved by Cabinet,” – some might say the fiasco was in the making way back in February or March.
    The other fella doesn’t look smug and self satisfied either. Or does he?
    Collectove noun – A slither of ………

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