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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Today’s News

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC

A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.

# simon-coveney - Monday 16 October, 2017

Happy Pear twins apologise and remove photo of their morning swim

Dave and Steve Flynn continued with their normal morning dip and posted a photo on social media today.

# simon-coveney - Monday 9 October, 2017

Government accused of suppressing Brexit document as FF and FG trade barbs on Twitter

Fianna Fáil and Labour have called for the Revenue report on Brexit to be published.

# simon-coveney - Monday 2 October, 2017

Poll: Should the Irish government criticise the intervention of Spanish police in Catalonia's referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Irish government criticise the intervention of Spanish police in Catalonia's referendum?

The aggressive intervention of the Spanish police in the weekend’s referendum has been criticised by many European leaders.

# simon-coveney - Monday 25 September, 2017

Coveney 'very hopeful' Ibrahim Halawa could be home later this week

Coveney hopes Halawa will be released from prison later today.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

Ireland backs UN treaty banning nuclear weapons despite boycott from Nato

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons today.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Government considering sending its private jet to bring Ibrahim Halawa home

Ibrahim Halawa was acquitted by a court in Egypt yesterday.

# simon-coveney - Friday 15 September, 2017

Taoiseach not sure public would back Citizens' Assembly's stance on abortion

The Assembly said terminations should be allowed without restriction up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

'Brendan, we have to get out of here': Irishman in Japan recalls panic over missile alert

North Korea sent a ballistic missile over Japan as part of tests.

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 August, 2017

You'll soon need a public services card to renew your passport

Concerns have been raised about the card, with some critics maintaining it equates to an identity card “by stealth”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 23 August, 2017

UK says it will 'take back control of its laws' after Brexit

The British government wants to end the direct jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 17 August, 2017

'These are mere stories': Egyptian ambassador denies Ibrahim Halawa was tortured in prison

Halawa (21) was arrested during a demonstration in 2014 in support of Mohamed Morsi who had been ousted from power in a military coup.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Prosecution 'closes case' in trial of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt

The 21-year-old Irishman has been held in Cairo for almost four years.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

Over 500,000 passports issued in the first half of 2017

That’s a 10% increase on applications compared to last year.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 13 July, 2017

Ireland is giving €200,000 to support Palestinians in the West Bank

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arrived in Israel on Tuesday for a three-day visit to the Middle East.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 11 July, 2017

New agreement ensures disqualified Irish licence-holders will also be banned in the UK

It’s understood clarity was needed in light of Brexit.

Netanyahu posts criticism of 'Ireland's traditional stance' on Facebook after Coveney meeting

Coveney said it was a good “straight talking meeting”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Varadkar defends Coveney amid reports he 'questioned judgment' of Air Corps pilot

Simon Coveney called an Air Corps pilot to ask why he couldn’t be flown to Cork, it’s reported.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

Ibrahim Halawa's trial suspended for 25th time - but could the next hearing be the last?

Halawa has been imprisoned in the Egyptian capital for 1,418 days – nearly four years.

# simon-coveney - Monday 26 June, 2017

DUP signs £1 billion deal to prop up Theresa May's government

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned where the money is coming from.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Can Simon Coveney meet his own deadline for getting homeless families out of hotels?

It is unlikely that the July deadline for getting families out of hotels will be met.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach

The five IA members will vote for Varadkar next week.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Leo says he won't be 'best friends' with Micheál Martin but it's time to start afresh

Leo Varadkar said there will be more disappointments than appointments for his colleagues as he selects his new Cabinet.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

'It could take 40 years to provide enough homes for people on Dublin's housing list'

Think tank Tasc says that the government’s plan to provide enough homes is simply “not working”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Independent Alliance have 'very constructive and very satisfactory' meeting with Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is into a week of meetings as he drums up support ahead of Tuesday’s vote to become the next Taoiseach.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 3 June, 2017

Mending fences the order of the day for Leo - but there just aren't enough seats at the table

Leo Varadkar has won the Fine Gael fight, but he has another battle on his hands.

# simon-coveney - Friday 2 June, 2017

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach? Profile This post contains videos

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

Leo Varadkar is officially the new leader of Fine Gael

The Dublin TD won the battle against Cork’s Simon Coveney for the top job.

Fine Gael elects a new leader today. Here's how it's all set to go down

We should know the result by around 6pm.

We asked Leo and Simon some of life’s burning questions*

*like Tayto or King…

# simon-coveney - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Debate Room: Simon Harris and Paschal Donohoe debate the leadership candidates

We will know the new leader of Fine Gael tomorrow. Tonight Paschal Donohoe and Simon Harris tell us who they want to prevail.

Leo says he has faith his supporters won't secretly vote for Simon Coveney

Tomorrow the Fine Gael parliamentary party members will vote for their next leader.

'Bitter, ugly, divisive politics. Team Coveney could have marched on without going so negative'

This internal struggle has (re)opened some wounds that will take time to heal, writes Larry Donnelly.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Government working to refund water charges - but it could be done over a few years

Cabinet agreed to give priority to the drafting of the Water Services Bill 2017 today.

# simon-coveney - Monday 29 May, 2017

Poll: Do you now care who wins the Fine Gael leadership? Be Honest This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you now care who wins the Fine Gael leadership?

Give it to us straight. Honest answers only.

The government is giving almost €60 million towards home improvements for older people

The Housing Adaptation Grant scheme provides aid for older people and people with disabilities.

There were no punches pulled in the final Fine Gael leadership hustings last night

Voting for who will be the next leader of Fine Gael gets underway today.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 28 May, 2017

Day Eleven: Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney gear up for final hustings debate

Here’s our running tally of TDs, senators and MEPs.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Campaign For Leo website was set up last year - but Leo says it 'wasn't prep for leadership contest'

A spokesperson for the Minister said it was a slogan used for his online presence since 2007.

# simon-coveney - Friday 26 May, 2017

Fine Gael has overtaken Fianna Fáil for first time since general election

30% of people supported Fine Gael, while Fianna Fáil came in at 27%.

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