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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

More than 850,000 people now claiming Covid-19 unemployment benefits

Tánaiste Simon Coveney also confirmed the Department of Foreign Affairs has helped some 4,600 Irish citizens return home.

Financial assistance available for Irish citizens struggling to afford commercial flights home, says Coveney

Ireland is undertaking the ‘biggest repatriation effort in the history of the state’ said the Tánaiste.

Kelly ‘doesn’t believe’ Labour will enter coalition, but Tánaiste says framework doc might change their response

Simon Coveney said parties might ‘pause for thought and perhaps change their approach’ when they read the document.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 2 April, 2020

Leo Varadkar: Decision will be made next week on possible restrictions after 12 April

Simon Coveney said restrictions on public movement due to the Covid-19 emergency may be extended beyond the current 12 April deadline.

Want to help? Volunteer service and website for offers of assistance launched today

A new webpage for businesses seeking to provide supplies or services in support of the national response to Covid-19 is open.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Chief Medical Officers to formalise co-ordination between Irish Government and Stormont

The leaders will discuss cross border cooperation amidst the ongoing global health crisis.

# simon-coveney - Friday 27 March, 2020

'Many people will now get paid': Emergency Covid-19 legislation signed into law by President Higgins

The Bill will now be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

Peru gives go-ahead for Irish citizens stranded in Peru to be flown home

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Peruvian Foreign Minister

# simon-coveney - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Medics among 170 Irish citizens travelling from Perth back to Ireland today

There are around 2,000 Irish citizens stranded in 83 countries around the world – most of these are in Australia.

# simon-coveney - Friday 20 March, 2020

Irish people travelling abroad should return 'as soon as possible', Coveney advises

“We recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible,” Simon Coveney said.

# simon-coveney - Monday 16 March, 2020

Simon Coveney criticises WhatsApp messages about lockdown that are spread 'deliberately to cause panic'

No: that WhatsApp message about a military lockdown, that went viral at the weekend, is not true.

# simon-coveney - Friday 13 March, 2020

‘High degree of caution’: Ireland upgrades travel warning for all EU countries

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney made the announcement on Twitter this evening.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 12 March, 2020

What the new Covid-19 government measures mean for workers

People are being advised to work from home if possible from 6pm today.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

50 cases on island of Ireland, advice against all travel to Italy: Today's Covid-19 main points

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday that we could “easily” see half the Irish population contract the virus.

'Do not travel': Irish government upgrades Italy travel advice to highest possible warning level

The development puts Italy in the same category as countries like Afghanistan and Syria.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Coronavirus and Brexit talks add urgency to government formation, says Simon Coveney

The tánaiste was speaking in Brussels at an EU special summit.

# simon-coveney - Friday 21 February, 2020

Tánaiste Simon Coveney condemns proposals for new Israeli settlements as 'very clearly illegal'

The plans were unveiled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last night.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

'Small number' of Irish people on two cruise ships where coronavirus detected, Coveney says

The Diamond Princess ship docked in Japan has more than 450 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Julian Smith sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary

Simon Coveney said he didn’t believe there would be a government in Northern Ireland today without Smith’s leadership.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

Coveney says the word change has been 'ambushed' and accuses Sinn Féin of 'con job'

Senior Fine Gael ministers went on the attack today as recent polls show them in 3rd place.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 30 January, 2020

'Pathetic': Fine Gael are getting up early in the morning for a Brexit photo-op and Micheál's not impressed

Martin also hit out against Fine Gael’s Phil Hogan, who is now the EU’s chief trade negotiator.

Coronavirus: Irish citizens might get place on French evacuation flight from China

A separate flight is leaving for the UK at 9pm Irish time tonight.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 29 January, 2020

'We're not trying to scare people': Coveney says Brexit not coming up on the doorsteps, but that might change

Coveney said Brexit is coming at us like a ‘freight train’.

Simon Coveney apologises for Noone's comments: 'They were offensive, ignorant and wrong'

Noone is now writing to autism support organisations.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 12 January, 2020

Simon Coveney tells Andrew Marr 'the penny is finally dropping' in UK about Brexit consequences Brexit This post contains videos

Simon Coveney tells Andrew Marr 'the penny is finally dropping' in UK about Brexit consequences

Coveney said the EU felt the end of 2020 deadline set by Boris Johnson was “ambitious, if not unrealistic”.

'A no-man's land scenario': The ideas sent in from the public to avoid a hard Irish border

One person suggested that they should “erect poles at every road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the South”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 10 January, 2020

Simon Coveney: Lyra McKee's death inspired Northern talks, now politicians should take charge

The new deal is a balanced approach that can get the parliament up and running, the Tánaiste writes.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 9 January, 2020

Michelle O'Neill says it's up to UK and Ireland to ensure Stormont Assembly is 'sustainable'

Three years to the day since the collapse of the Assembly, the Sinn Féin leader in the North said talks are still “a work in progress”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

Voters set to see what parties are arguing over as draft Stormont deal to be published

Publishing a draft text prior to securing a deal represent a new approach.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Johnson's Brexit Bill expected to sail through House of Commons as MPs return post-Christmas

Boris Johnson does not want the Brexit transition period extended beyond December 2020, but Ireland and Europe have said this may not be realistic.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 2 January, 2020

Coveney says it's 'end game' as talks to restore power-sharing at Stormont resume

A snap election could be called if a deal is not reached by 13 January.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 1 January, 2020

Coveney urges all sides in Stormont talks to show generosity

The parties have until a January 13 deadline to strike a deal to revive devolution.

# simon-coveney - Friday 27 December, 2019

Why have parties in the North failed to agree a deal to restore Stormont?

Before Christmas, there had been hopes of a breakthrough in talks.

Irish flags, vodka and a Che Guevara stamp: Gifts given and received by Varadkar and Coveney in 2019

Books, hampers and historical gifts are often given to heads of state.

It's been another 'bumper' year for Irish passport applications, up 7% on 2018

The oldest online Irish passport applicant was 101, and the youngest was five days old.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

Coveney agrees Dara Murphy should present himself for investigation over his expenses

Coveney says he has not spoken to Dara Murphy.

# simon-coveney - Monday 23 December, 2019

Verona Murphy has been 'through a tough time' but it's the right decision to take her off the FG ticket, says Coveney

Coveney said the by-election campaign was ‘personally stressful’ on Murphy.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Creed says Brexit trade deal by end of 2020 is 'wildly beyond credibility' but Gove 'confident' it can be done

Michael Gove said Simon Coveney “takes a different view” to those who dismiss the possibility of getting a trade deal sorted next year.

# simon-coveney - Friday 13 December, 2019

Varadkar says UK and EU will negotiate 'a mighty new economic partnership'

The Taoiseach has congratulated Boris Johnson after the outcome of the UK election.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 12 December, 2019

'Chronic pain is particularly acute for children': Issue of children's consultant stepping down raised in Dáil

The issue was raised by TD Dara Calleary in the Dail today.

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