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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Government to propose its own microbeads ban, calling other parties' bills 'flawed and confused'

The Green Party and Labour have proposed bills on banning microbeads. Fianna Fáil said they’re working on their own one. Now it’s Fine Gael’s turn.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 16 April, 2017

'We have our own beds now': Simon's homeless fix is working - but for how long?

The Housing Minister has said hotels will no longer be used for homeless families by July.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 15 April, 2017

Your choice for next Taoiseach? Leo and Simon both ahead of Micheál Martin

A new Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Poll for makes interesting reading for Fine Gael members.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Water charge refunds on the way, with conservation grant likely to be deducted

Politicians are having their say on the water committee report tonight.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

€467m on meters, but bitter water war could end up costing a lot more

The water committee is meeting again today to vote on its final report, but there are fears we’re on the brink of an election.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Fianna Fáil may not support new Fine Gael Taoiseach if water charges debacle not resolved

The impasse between the country’s two biggest parties shows no signs of abating.

# simon-coveney - Friday 7 April, 2017

Simon Coveney says water committee seems to be moving in 'extremely worrying' direction

The minister has said some of the wording agreed by the committee is “deeply ambiguous” and at odds with the EU.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 6 April, 2017

A decision on water charges has been kicked down the road... again

The water committee has voted in favour of adjourning until next week.

# simon-coveney - Monday 3 April, 2017

When is Enda going? Coveney says leadership battle to kick off before the summer

The latest opinion poll shows that Fine Gael would take more seats with Leo Varadkar as leader.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Maynooth and Cobh to be subject to rent controls from midnight

Minister Simon Coveney made the announcement this morning.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 25 March, 2017

Costing €15 million and stretching 46km, Ireland's longest off-road walkway opens today

Simon Coveney was due to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Waterford Greenway.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 22 March, 2017

Here are the options that could be in the referendum to give vote to Irish abroad

Any changes would likely not be in place until before the 2025 presidential election.

# simon-coveney - Monday 20 March, 2017

Michael Noonan wants Enda Kenny to stay on as Taoiseach until at least the summer

The Finance Minister thinks Kenny’s negotiation skills are invaluable.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Simon Coveney: Hotels will no longer be used to house homeless families by July

Using hotels to house families has risen hugely in recent times.

# simon-coveney - Monday 13 March, 2017

Niagara Falls went green last night

Over 200 iconic sites will ‘go green’ this weekend to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 9 March, 2017

Landlords express 'absolute outrage' at new rent control plans

At a meeting last night, landlords urged the government to address issues of supply.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

Water committee calls for refunds, but Fine Gael still wants to pursue 'non-compliant' households

Three out of five people think households should be charged for excessive water use.

# simon-coveney - Monday 6 March, 2017

Simon Harris rules himself out but Frances Fitzgerald gearing up for Fine Gael leadership battle

The Minister for Health has put an end to speculation about his future.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 4 March, 2017

Poll shows Coveney the favourite over Varadkar among Fine Gael voters

Enda Kenny has said he will make an announcement about his future when he returns from Washington after St Patrick’s Day.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 2 March, 2017

There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation

The Simon Communities want vacant properties to be used to boost social housing supply.

Coveney says he will regulate Airbnb if 'satisfactory arrangement' not reached over renting

The Housing Minister wants to make it very clear that those who want to use AirBnb need to do so responsibly.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

So many questions... what's happening with water charges?

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are at loggerheads over water charges… again.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition 'as it would be illegal'

The Housing Minister was talking tough tonight, but said Fine Gael were not in breach of confidence and supply agreement.

Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate? Round 1... Fight This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate?

TV3 today expressed itself as being ‘very interested’ in broadcasting such a debate, which would be the first of its kind on Irish TV.

Leo v Simon: TV3 'very interested' in hosting a Fine Gael leadership debate

Leo Varadkar has said he would be “happy” to debate his rivals in a televised debate.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 26 February, 2017

Varadkar edges ahead of Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll

Among Fine Gael supporters, 35% preferred Leo Varadkar, while 30% chose Simon Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Monday 20 February, 2017

# simon-coveney - Sunday 19 February, 2017

Fine Gael leadership battle: Whatsapp message from minister says Tánaiste supports Simon Harris Plot Thickens This post contains videos

Fine Gael leadership battle: Whatsapp message from minister says Tánaiste supports Simon Harris

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are seen as the favourites to succeed Enda Kenny.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 18 February, 2017

'Distracting and destabilising': Leo Varadkar says 'everyone is waiting' on a decision from Enda

Regina Doherty thinks the Taoiseach should be given space to make his own decision.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 16 February, 2017

Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge him

Kenny has a choice of resignation or facing a vote which sources say he is unlikely to survive.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

Proposal to redraw Waterford - Kilkenny boundary 'will leave a very bitter taste'

A report from Waterford Boundary Committee recommended redrawing the boundary between south Kilkenny and Waterford

Landlords will have to provide an oven, fridge and microwave under new rules

Simon Coveney said the regulations “aim to ensure that properties tenants are renting are safe, efficient, durable and comfortable”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

Financial madness or 'a shot in the arm'? Changes to mortgage-to-rent scheme

18,380 social housing supports were provided to people in 2016, according to a progress report on the government’s housing plan.

# simon-coveney - Monday 30 January, 2017

Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?

The ‘bad bank’ has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for over 2,700.

# simon-coveney - Friday 27 January, 2017

Funding approved for 83 new houses to address homeless crisis

Coveney approved funding of €20.4 million for the projects.

# simon-coveney - Monday 23 January, 2017

Open library or open longer? Rural plan criticised for launching in library soon to have staffless hours

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín says human connectivity will be replaced by automation with staffless hours.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 22 January, 2017

Working group to review if AirBnb should face regulations

Housing Minister Simon Coveney vowed to tackle the issue of landlords renting out their properties through AirBnb.

# simon-coveney - Friday 20 January, 2017

Home Sweet Home accuses minister of 'U-turn' as Anti-Evictions Bill voted down

The bill was narrowly voted down in the Dáil yesterday.

# simon-coveney - Friday 13 January, 2017

Termination notices sent to Limerick apartment residents to be withdrawn

People living in The Strand apartments had been facing eviction.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Tyrrelstown law might not save Limerick renters from eviction

Housing Minister Simon Coveney said he is looking to get involved in the case.

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