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Cabinet colleagues turn on Zappone but the unelected minister will ignore their attacks

Philip Ryan


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Caretaker role: Minister Katherine Zappone lost her seat in February. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Caretaker role: Minister Katherine Zappone lost her seat in February. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Caretaker role: Minister Katherine Zappone lost her seat in February. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

There's a great freedom to being an Independent minister. You can make decisions free from the worry your parliamentary party will boil over and call for your head. You can introduce new policies, schemes and laws safe in the knowledge you won't have to sit through a lengthy local branch meeting where your members will berate you for hours on end for letting them down.

There's an even greater freedom to being an Independent Cabinet minister who did not get elected in the last election.


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