Katherine Zappone falls foul of FG leadership’s arrogance

Anne Harris: Fine Gael shows an irresponsibility that may end up costing us all

‘Katherine Zappone  has never presented herself as a victim. But she has been sinned against here.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Katherine Zappone has never presented herself as a victim. But she has been sinned against here.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In May 2016, as Shane Ross and his Independent Alliance played the high hand in government formation, disdaining and demanding like political bridezillas, Katherine Zappone slipped in quietly under the radar. She was the first Independent to support Enda Kenny for taoiseach then (Michael Lowry as gene pool didn’t count) and changed the course of politics.

Jane Austen, as always, gave us the archetype. Remember Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice? The quiet little cousin who, while Elizabeth Bennet was having a haughty fit about Mr Collins’s marriage proposal, slipped in quietly and nabbed the “catch” from under everyone’s noses.

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