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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Varadkar has massive lead over Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll

The results also show less than half of the party’s supporters believe Enda Kenny should remain as party leader.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Crisis in rental market 'won't be fixed by simply capping rents'

The government’s national strategy for the rental sector will be published by the end of the year.

Lease out a room through Airbnb? New guidelines could be on the way

Simon Coveney has said local authorities and property owners don’t always know where they stand.

Coveney: Change to first-time-buyer scheme is 'sensible' but €600k threshold remains

The government has been forced to change one of its key budget proposals on foot of concerns raised by the Central Bank.

# simon-coveney - Monday 17 October, 2016

Buyers are snapping up new homes in the town once dubbed Ireland's first ghost town

The first phase of a 177 new home development in Adamstown was launched this weekend.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 13 October, 2016

Coveney says including second-hand homes in first-time buyers scheme would drive up prices

The housing minister says first-time buyers are ‘locked out’ of the market.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 12 October, 2016

WATCH: Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone answer your questions about Budget 2017 asked your questions about housing and children live on Facebook this evening.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 5 October, 2016

Local councils to pay up-front rent to private owners of derelict houses

Councils are buying up derelict houses for social housing under government housing action plan.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

Calls for Government to follow France and ban plastic cups and forks

The French Government recently became the first to ban plastic cups, cutlery and plates from 2020.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

'They need to cop on': Fianna Fáil denies it's biding its time to bring the government down

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said the government had to stop looking over its shoulder and lead.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

First-time buyers will be getting a grant to help them get on the ladder

Housing Minister Simon Coveney says it will come in the form of a tax rebate.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

'A change of leadership is required': Rumblings in Fine Gael that Enda should go

Enda Kenny said this is not a time to “mess around”.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 11 September, 2016

A day with Simon Coveney: The contender for Taoiseach who has to first fix Ireland's housing mess

In an exclusive interview with, Housing Minister Simon Coveney talks about how his style differs from Alan Kelly’s, his thoughts on the leadership – and why FF will bring down the government.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 7 September, 2016

A motion requiring all new units in O'Devaney Gardens to be public housing has been overturned

In the new deal, only 30% of the 1,353 units will be social housing.

# simon-coveney - Friday 2 September, 2016

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Noonan claims Apple ruling an "attack" on Ireland's corporate tax regime

The Dáil will be recalled next to vote on the Government’s decision to appeal the Apple ruling.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 30 August, 2016

'I don't think we can solve the crisis without interfering with private property'

The Peter McVerry Trust are calling on the government to buy up empty private properties.

# 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.

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