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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 24 August, 2016

UCD is planning to spend €300 million building 3,000 more student residences

The university has just opened a new accommodation block housing 354 residences.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 2 August, 2016

It's a nightmare to find students digs, so the government is hiring someone to help

An allocation of €49,000 has been given for a new student accommodation officer.

# simon-coveney - Monday 1 August, 2016

Enda Kenny has quelled the fire for now, but leader hopefuls are putting their best foot forward

The minute the Taoiseach spoke openly about heading off into the Castlebar sunset, it opened up the conversation about who will take over.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

Varadkar: pay deal for local councillors nothing to do with leadership bid

Minister for Social Protection wants to offer either a PRSI cut or a state pension to councillors, as part of a wider reform.

# simon-coveney - Monday 25 July, 2016

Ireland's local authorities are over €4 billion in debt

Minister Simon Coveney says he doesn’t believe that any of the loans are unsustainable.

# simon-coveney - Friday 22 July, 2016

Bin collectors to hand over customer details to help figure out who is fly-tipping

Under new rules, local authorities can request the information from private waste companies.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 20 July, 2016

'We'll believe it when we see bulldozers' - locals give guarded welcome to Dolphin's Barn plan

Housing minister Simon Coveney has announced €25 million in funding for regeneration of the Dolphin House estate in south Dublin.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 July, 2016

Child homelessness has increased by 37% in six months

The problem in Dublin is particularly stark.

New scheme to help first-time buyers on the way - and it will be back-dated

A new help-to-buy scheme due to be announced on Budget Day will be backdated to today.

# simon-coveney - Friday 15 July, 2016

Figures used to tackle housing crisis were five years out of date

In May, the Housing Agency told the Dáil there were 230,000 vacant houses in Ireland – it’s actually 198,000.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, from most to least likely

He who wields the knife rarely wears the crown.

# simon-coveney - Monday 11 July, 2016

Enda has 'no intention of being diverted' as backbenchers ask him to go

Brendan Griffin is latest TD to call on the Taoiseach to resign within weeks, but the Fine Gael leader insists he has a mandate.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 10 July, 2016

Poll: Should Enda Kenny step down as Taoiseach, and if so, when? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Enda Kenny step down as Taoiseach, and if so, when?

Reports today suggest that Fine Gael backbenchers have a plan in place to oust Kenny from his position.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Joe O'Toole resigns as head of water commission

The chairman of the commission had been under intense pressure after saying he believed water charges should be paid.

# simon-coveney - Monday 4 July, 2016

Up by 1000%: A lot more people are sleeping on the streets of Cork than 5 years ago

The number of rough sleepers has more than doubled in the past two years.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 29 June, 2016

The government has handpicked these 'water experts' to tell us what to do with Irish Water

Charges are suspended until the process has been completed.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 28 June, 2016

Rent supplement set to increase from this Friday

The announcement was made in Dublin Castle this morning.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 22 June, 2016

'We woke up in a tent last Christmas, now we have a home'

Simon Coveney opened new housing units for people who were homeless in Dublin today.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

Bin charges: Everything you need to know about the deal on pay-by-weight and what it means for you

Charges will be frozen for at least the next 12 months.

Bin charges latest: Most companies have agreed to freeze prices for a year

The Irish Waste Management Association has agreed a number of measures it says “will alleviate consumer concerns” over bin charges.

# simon-coveney - Monday 20 June, 2016

Coveney set to freeze bin charges for 12 months

The environment minister held discussions with Ireland’s waste companies today.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 19 June, 2016

Snapshot of one county: How Ireland's housing crisis grew out of control

Bray town councillor Pat Vance told his colleagues in 2013: “I’ll keep on saying it, time and time again, something needs to be done.”

# simon-coveney - Saturday 18 June, 2016

Simon Coveney to bring forward proposal on bin charge issue next week

The minister says he had a “frank and productive” discussion with operators.

# simon-coveney - Friday 17 June, 2016

This is what the government is being told to do to solve the housing crisis

The Housing and Homelessness Committee’s report is being launched today.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 2 June, 2016

European Commission confirms its view that we are no longer exempt from water charges

The “Irish exemption” ended when we introduced water charges, the European Commission has told

Coveney to miss 100-day housing plan deadline as 'people are not focused on work in August'

The new housing minister said it would be published directly after the deadline, with work to commence in September.

# simon-coveney - Friday 20 May, 2016

Plans for 3,000 homes on Dublin glass bottle site

Planning minister Simon Coveney has designated the huge site a strategic development zone.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 18 May, 2016

Pay-by-weight charges for green bins scrapped

However, private companies might still add their own charge.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Enda Kenny tells new ministers to pay their water charges

Independent TDs Finian McGrath and John Halligan have both said they have not paid their Irish Water bill.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 10 May, 2016

What on earth is the solution to the rental crisis?

Irish rents have broken the €1,000 monthly average for the first time since pre-crash 2008. Where will it all end?

# simon-coveney - Monday 9 May, 2016

Here are eight headaches the new government is going to have to deal with straight away

There isn’t going to be much time for resting on laurels in Leinster House anytime soon.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 1 May, 2016

"A source of national pride" - Ireland's LE Róisín sets sail for the Mediterranean

The sixty-person crew will be on a 12 week mission.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 7 April, 2016

Fianna Fáil 'will reject' Enda's offer for a partnership government

There are likely to be objections from a number of Fianna Fáil TDs to the proposal from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 30 March, 2016

Microchipping your dog will be the law next week

Owners will be subject to €5,000 fines if their dogs are unchipped.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 3 March, 2016

Noonan predicts another election, as Fine Gael discusses its poll battering The Post Mortem This post contains videos

Noonan predicts another election, as Fine Gael discusses its poll battering

Meanwhile, Simon Coveney apologised to his Fine Gael colleagues at Leinster House today.

# simon-coveney - Monday 1 February, 2016

Everyone hopes Enda will reveal all tomorrow

We mean the date of the election of course.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

PICS: Enda dons a blue helmet, meets Irish troops and saves Christmas

You’d never know there’s an election around the corner…

# simon-coveney - Friday 18 December, 2015

Enda is off to visit our troops in the Golan Heights

The Taoiseach will be visiting the Irish men and women serving in the Golan Heights this Sunday.

# simon-coveney - Monday 7 December, 2015

Taoiseach says that emergency funding could be used to tackle flood damage

People affected by flooding may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Trial of man accused of killing two Irish peacekeepers begins, but is immediately delayed

The military tribunal heard from former Private John O’Mahony.

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