image caption Simon Coveney has been criticized for his handling of the appointment of Katherine Zappone as UN Special Envoy. figcaption >
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney survived a confidence vote in the Dail (Irish parliament) following a controversial nomination.
For weeks, he has been criticized for his handling of the appointment of former government minister Katherine Zappone as UN special envoy.
He denied being pressured to appoint her but apologized for not informing cabinet members.
He won a motion to confidence by 92 to 59.
Ahead of the vote, Mr Coveney said he regretted the "avoidable controversy " over Ms Zappone's appointment, admitting he should have taken the issue more seriously when he was first asked about it this summer.
However, he insisted that the date was not in any way. corrupt or dishonest case ".
Ms. Zappone subsequently declined the post, saying the controversy had undermined the legitimacy of the envoy role.
Mr. Coveney's party, Fine Gael, is in a coalition government with Fianna Fail and the Green Party.
On July 27, 2021, he informed cabinet ministers that Ms. Zappone would become the new "UN Special Envoy for Freedom of Opinion and Expression".
However, the post was not advertised and it later emerged that neither Fianna Fail nor Green Party ministers were aware of her appointment, including Taoiseach ( Irish Prime Minister) Micheal Martin.
image source, PA Media image caption Katherine Zappone is a former government minister and leading LGBT rights activist
The Republic 's largest opposition party, Sinn Fein, has filed a motion of no confidence against Mr Coveney Wednesday - the first day on which the Dail (parliament iIrish) has returned from his summer vacation.
But the government has tabled a motion of no confidence which will be voted on by the TD (deputies).
The taoiseach has describes Mr Coveney's failure to brief his government colleagues prior to appointment as "supervisor ".
'Totalitarian regime '
Mr. Martin warned Fianna Fail said they risked a six-month suspension from the parliamentary party if they did not support Mr Coveney in Wednesday's vote.
The taoiseach's response provoked
Ahead of Wednesday night's vote, Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry resigned from the parliamentary party and insisted he would vote against trust in Mr Coveney.
Mr. MacSharry, who is a long-critic in Mr Martin's time, asserted that Fianna Fail's policy was currently "determined in a manner consistent with a non-democratic totalitarian regime.tick ".
Earlier in the controversy, it emerged that Mr Coveney's party leader Leo Varadkar was unaware of the appointment of the special envoy only a week before cabinet, when Ms. Zappone texted him about it.
In messages posted by Mr. Varadkar in September, he showed that He then asked Mr Coveney about the role ahead of the cabinet meeting in July.
Ms Zappone replied that her contract was about to be finalized.
On August 4, Ms Zappone has announced that she is not assuming the post of Special Envoy as she believes "it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has had an impact on the legitimacy of the role itself ".
Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald has called for Mr Coveney's dismissal, calling his actions "falling short of the expectations of a minister ".
The Labor Party has indicated that it does not trust the government, but theLeader Alan Kelly said there were "bigger problems " than the row.
On Tuesday, Mr Coveney said at a party conference he was "embarrassed "that the meeting led to a " fiasco ".
" This has not been my best month in politics, "he said.