Stephen Collins: Politicians lose focus obsessing on Zappone saga

While political and fiscal problems loom, our elected repesentatives are distracted

The storm around Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and his heir apparent Simon Coveney over their handling of the Katherine Zappone appointment has drained attention from matters of State. File photograph: The Irish Times

The storm around Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and his heir apparent Simon Coveney over their handling of the Katherine Zappone appointment has drained attention from matters of State. File photograph: The Irish Times

The capacity of the Irish political world to become obsessed with trivialities, while big issues which will have a vital bearing on the future of the country are virtually ignored, has been illustrated once more by the seemingly endless controversy over Katherine Zappone’s ill-fated United Nations appointment.

Last year it was the overblown Golfgate controversy which, among other things, cost the country it’s most influential European commissioner in decades. This summer the fallout from Zappone’s antics has dominated the news, distracted from far more important issues and damaged a number of political reputations.

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