Wednesday 22 January 2020

Zappone insists she was not offered ministry to back Fine Gael leader

Katherine Zappone. Photo: Tom Burke
Katherine Zappone. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Independent TD Katherine Zappone has said she got "no formal offer" of a ministry in exchange for supporting Enda Kenny's election as Taoiseach.

The first-time deputy backed Mr Kenny in last Thursday afternoon's Dáil vote despite stating earlier in the day that she would be abstaining.

After her morning tweet, Ms Zappone (pictured inset) was called to the Department of An Taoiseach for a meeting with senior Fine Gael officials.

However, she insisted yesterday that there was no discussion about the possibility of her landing a ministerial portfolio in a minority government.

She said her change of mind came as a result of further reflection and the fact she believed Fine Gael was bringing forward more ideas that would result in "equality and fairness".

Fine Gael sources confirmed to the Irish Independent that they pressurised Ms Zappone to make a quick decision as they "needed friends quickly".

The party feared that Micheál Martin had the backing of up to six TDs, but the 14 other Independents involved in government talks all abstained.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News