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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Coveney raises concerns over new security law in Hong Kong as thousands defy ban on protests

Under the new law, certain political views and symbols became illegal overnight.

# simon-coveney - Monday 29 June, 2020

Warning that non-essential travel abroad should be avoided to prevent a Covid-19 surge in Ireland

Professor Philip Nolan has said that just because travel restrictions are easing doesn’t mean people should go abroad.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 27 June, 2020

In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers

The new ministerial lineup has been confirmed.

# simon-coveney - Monday 15 June, 2020

Criticism over lack of reference to Occupied Territories Bill in draft programme for government

Fine Gael and Tánaiste Simon Coveney have repeatedly outlined their opposition to the Bill.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 14 June, 2020

After support from Bono and Mary Robinson, Ireland's bid for UN Security Council seat to be decided

Ireland is facing a “very competitive” field as it vies with Canada and Norway for a seat on the UN Security Council this Wednesday.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Simon Coveney hasn't spoken to US ambassador yet, but says 'it's clear where Irish people stand'

The Tánaiste said that he has a “very good relationship” with the US ambassador, and they “can speak very bluntly to each other”.

Processing of online passport applications will resume next week

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the Passport Office processed 6,000 applications during the Covid-19 emergency.

# simon-coveney - Friday 29 May, 2020

Coveney seeks approval for new Brexit omnibus bill as he warns ministers there may be no trade deal

The UK government has said it will not request an extension to the transition period – and will reject any such request from the EU.

# simon-coveney - Friday 8 May, 2020

Brexit trade talks timeline ‘virtually impossible’, Coveney says

Tanaiste Simon Coveney has urged the UK to seek an extension to its transition period.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

'There's a long way to go': Coveney says pubs reopening early is 'a possibility'

The Tánaiste says any changes to the roadmap would need to be “rigorously assessed” .

# simon-coveney - Friday 1 May, 2020

'Disturbing': War of words breaks out between the Greens and FG over 7% emissions target

A new government could be a while away as emissions targets becomes a stumbling block.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Simon Coveney condemns Israeli deal to approve Trump's plan for annexation of parts of West Bank

The Minister for Foreign Affairs’ comments come as a new government is set to be formed in Israel.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 18 April, 2020

'Be careful where you get your info': Coveney warns public of Covid-19 misinformation

This comes as the UN chief issued a warning that the world faces a misinformation epidemic about Covid-19.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 16 April, 2020

WHO director general thanks 'people of Ireland' for pledge to increase funding

Simon Coveney said that Ireland will donate €9.5 million to help with the global response to Covid-19.

# 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”.

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