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#Simon Coveney

# 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.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Coveney condemns 'illegal' Israeli settlements in wake of US policy u-turn

This comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington no longer considers them to be illegal.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Tánaste in Edinburgh today to help build ties with Scotland post-Brexit

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will meet with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the visit.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Tánaiste: 'Irish military sent to Turkey in supportive role, not to extract Lisa Smith'

It was revealed yesterday that Smith is due to be repatriated to Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Monday 4 November, 2019

Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks'

Simon Coveney has said his primary concern is for Smith’s two-year-old daughter.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Coveney: 'No five-year-old child should be eating their dinner from cardboard on the street'

A photo posted on online in recent days shows a boy eating his dinner from a piece of cardboard on the street.

# simon-coveney - Monday 14 October, 2019

EU agrees to suspend exporting arms to Turkey amid 'unacceptable' offensive against Kurds

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the unanimous move is in response to Turkey’s “unacceptable unilateral military action in northeast Syria”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 11 October, 2019

New team established to process major increase in citizenship requests from foreign-born citizens

The number of foreign-born citizens seeking an Irish citizenship has more than trebled in three years.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 10 October, 2019

'I wasn't aware of it': Tánaiste denies knowing protection money was being paid to criminals on construction sites

The High Court heard that criminals extorted money from companies, including one building houses for Dublin City Council.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

'Deeply troubled': Tánaiste urges Turkey to refrain from assault on Syrian Kurdish forces Kurds This post contains videos

'Deeply troubled': Tánaiste urges Turkey to refrain from assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

The US has been accused of abandoning Kurdish troops as Russia warns that the ‘whole region could be ignited’.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson spoke by phone this evening and hope to meet this week

Tusk made his comments on Twitter.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 5 October, 2019

We have some sort of UK proposals for the Irish border - so now what?

In short: your guess is as good as ours.

# simon-coveney - Friday 4 October, 2019

Coveney says he doesn't want a quarrel with the DUP, but says the minority can't have a veto

Simon Coveney has said the UK’s Brexit proposals contain ‘significant problems’.

# simon-coveney - Monday 30 September, 2019

DUP would consider 'time-limited backstop' amid last-ditch attempt to get Brexit deal

Arlene Foster has insisted there remains a chance of reaching a deal before 31 October.

# simon-coveney - Friday 27 September, 2019

Coveney warns that 'time is running out' after Brexit meeting with Barnier

The meeting took place against the backdrop of a chaotic week in UK politics.

# simon-coveney - Friday 20 September, 2019

Brexit talks progressing with 'momentum', Barclay says following meeting with Barnier

Barclay and Barnier discussed three papers submitted by London with ideas on replacing the so-called ‘backstop’.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 19 September, 2019

'A barbaric and cowardly act': Flanagan condemns 'utterly disgraceful' Kevin Lunney attack

Gardaí and PSNI are investigating after Kevin Lunney was abducted near his home in Derrylin in Fermanagh.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Coveney on Brexit deadlock: 'We simply haven’t seen any written proposals from the UK to date'

It’s being reported this evening that the UK side are refusing to submit a written document in the ongoing talks.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 12 September, 2019

'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border

He said a timeline for how long the checks would be operational will have to be agreed.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 7 September, 2019

# simon-coveney - Friday 6 September, 2019

'Trust the public with hard facts': Micheál Martin calls on government to publish no-deal Brexit plans

He said the government should also make it clear how much new arrangements after Brexit are likely to cost.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Coveney: 'British government seems to be simply wiping the slate clean on the Irish issue'

The queen has approved the suspension of the parliament.

# simon-coveney - Monday 26 August, 2019

Brexit: UK must pay its divorce bill even in event of no-deal, EU warns

It comes after Boris Johnson insisted the UK would be free from its obligations in a no-deal scenario.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Simon Coveney: The backstop is overwhelmingly supported. This gets little recognition in the UK Brexit debate

A hard Brexit, if the UK chooses one, will be ugly and difficult, says the Tánaiste.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 21 August, 2019

Boris Johnson tells Angela Merkel: 'We do need the Brexit backstop removed'

Johnson will seek to convince the German Chancellor to renegotiate elements of the Brexit deal.

Coveney says Ireland won't get 'dragged out of single market' amid suggestions of 'side deal' with UK Brexit This post contains videos

Coveney says Ireland won't get 'dragged out of single market' amid suggestions of 'side deal' with UK

The Tánaise said Ireland will not be dealing with the UK on a one-to-one basis on border issues.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Simon Coveney conveys 'disappointment' with Boris Johnson's four-page letter on Brexit

Donald Tusk has re-iterated the EU’s commitment to the backstop.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 1 August, 2019

'I think we should be afraid of no-deal Brexit', Varadkar warns

The Taoiseach was speaking to reporters in Kilkenny this afternoon.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 27 July, 2019

DUP's Sammy Wilson accuses Irish govt of being 'hysterical' and 'self-centred' over Brexit

Wilson was criticising comments made by Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Stormont yesterday.

Boris Johnson says Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity'

He added it had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as “an impending adverse weather event”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 26 July, 2019

Boris Johnson's Brexit comments 'unhelpful', Coveney says

The Tánaiste was meeting with new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith today.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 21 July, 2019

Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all' Backstop This post contains videos

Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all'

The Tánaiste says he and others have worked for three years to avoid such a scenario.