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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 January, 2019

Boris Johnson suggests Theresa May planning Brexit fightback with 'freedom clause'

Theresa May is preparing for another showdown with the House of Commons tomorrow night.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 27 January, 2019

Number of complaints against Passport Service increases almost fivefold in two years

Coveney has previously said the Passport Office experienced some “real problems” last year.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain

The government lost by 75 votes to 45 votes, with three abstentions.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Concerns over Israeli embassy closing down over Occupied Territories Bill 'an overreaction' say FF

Government is likely to lose vote over legislation that would prohibit the purchase of goods or services produced in all settlements deemed illegal.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Ireland to intensify preparations for a disorderly Brexit

A Government statement said it regretted the outcome of tonight’s House of Commons vote.

Harris tells public and pharmacies NOT to stockpile medicines for no-deal Brexit

The Irish government published contingency plans on medicines, transport and the Common Travel Area.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

US preclearance at Dublin and Shannon to be beefed up ahead of the summer

Dublin and Shannon are currently the only preclearance locations in Europe.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Leas Ceann Comhairle makes 'no apologies' for assisting constituents to get passports

Simon Coveney recently criticised TDs who use their offices for getting passports for constituents.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 5 January, 2019

Tánaiste says TDs using their offices for passport deliveries is 'unhelpful'

Coveney insisted it is not quicker for people to go through their TD compared with applying online or through the normal channels.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners

Free passports for pensioners were done away with under austerity measures, but there are calls now to bring it back.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Mumbai, Cardiff and LA: 10 new embassies to open this year to tap into new markets

The Tánaiste also defended the costly practice of leasing properties abroad, rather than buying property.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 30 December, 2018

Coveney says talking about a united Ireland as part of Brexit debate is 'hugely unhelpful'

The Tánaiste said the issue could “create an even more divisive debate and atmosphere in Northern Ireland, which is the last thing we need”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 28 December, 2018

Fine Gael will seek Labour and Greens support as future government partners, as Leo fails to rule out 2019 election

Fine Gael says it’s aiming to take over 60 seats in the next general election.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 27 December, 2018

'I tell friends back home all the time that they should come over': Visa extension set to boost Irish-Australian migration

We spoke to the Irish community in Australia, and the Australian community in Ireland, to find out the effect new visa changes will have.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Coveney announces further €2 million of government funding for Palestinian people

Ireland’s total funding to Palestinian people this year amounted to €15.38 million.

# simon-coveney - Friday 21 December, 2018

'I can't allow Ireland to be blamed here': Coveney says some UK politicians need reminder of Irish history

The Tánaiste said today it would be foolish to focus on any other solution to the border issue than the backstop.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 December, 2018

'A lot of questions to be answered': Reaction over government's no-deal Brexit plan

The Irish government yesterday published its preparations thus far for a no-deal Brexit.

Poll: Do you think Ireland is ready for a no-deal Brexit? Deal Or No Deal This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think Ireland is ready for a no-deal Brexit?

The Irish government has published its plans – but it has no provisions for a hard border with Northern Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

'A sobering read': Here's the Irish government's no-deal Brexit plan

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that this was a “damage-limiting exercise”.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 16 December, 2018

A UK newspaper said that Theresa May 'loathes' Leo Varadkar, but Simon Coveney says it's 'nonsense' Across The Water This post contains videos

A UK newspaper said that Theresa May 'loathes' Leo Varadkar, but Simon Coveney says it's 'nonsense'

Coveney denied that May and Varadkar do not talk directly.

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back

He added that a no-deal Brexit is “still very unlikely … despite all the political chaos”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Renewing your passport online is now 'faster, easier' and €5 cheaper

The updated service means that citizens can renew their passports online from anywhere in the world.

# simon-coveney - Monday 26 November, 2018

Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach

Following yesterday’s summit, the focus now shifts to the UK Prime Minister who is beginning an intensive campaign to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

# simon-coveney - Friday 23 November, 2018

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# simon-coveney - Monday 19 November, 2018

'Intense' week of talks for May as EU negotiators set out plan for relationship with Britain

European leaders will get to voice their opinions on the draft agreement May presented to the British parliament last week.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year

The Tánaiste also said Ireland could be forced in to recognising the State of Palestine.

'It is not going to happen': FG rule change to copper-fasten promise not to enter coalition with SF

Fine Gael heard a rallying call at its Ard Fheis last night for the party to be election ready.

# simon-coveney - Friday 16 November, 2018

Simon Coveney hits out at 'idiots' who booed God Save the Queen at Northern Ireland match From The Stands This post contains videos

Simon Coveney hits out at 'idiots' who booed God Save the Queen at Northern Ireland match

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland played at the Aviva Stadium last night.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Calls for Taoiseach to brief party leaders on Brexit state-of-play as talks enter the 'endgame'

The British Prime Minister said negotiators are “working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress”.

Number of planes carrying weapons to Shannon this year already surpasses 2017 figures

So far, 423 planes carrying munitions of war have landed in Shannon Airport this year, and 16 landed in Dublin Airport.

# simon-coveney - Monday 12 November, 2018

Simon Coveney praises EU 'solidarity' as Theresa May faces more Tory revolt: how Brexit unfolded today

The British prime minister faced further revolt from inside her party amid claims that a deal was imminent.

Boris Johnson says Cabinet should stage a mutiny over Brexit

The former Foreign Secretary said the British government is “on the verge of total surrender” to Brussels.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 8 November, 2018

NUJ calls on Simon Coveney to raise journalists’ arrests with British government

The journalists were arrested over the suspected theft of documents used in a documentary re-examining the 1994 murders.

Tánaiste says people shouldn't get carried away on the back of rumour about a Brexit deal in the coming days

Simon Coveney urged caution against commentary particularly in the British media today.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Diplomatic pressure results in Tanzania stating anti-gay crackdown is not government policy

Amnesty International reports that ten men have been arrested since last week’s announcement.

# simon-coveney - Monday 5 November, 2018

Varadkar tells May he's open to backstop review as long as UK can't unilaterally pull out

It comes as the UK’s Brexit Minister Dominic Rabb has reportedly hardened his stance.

# simon-coveney - Friday 2 November, 2018

Brexit negotiators are 'very close' to resolving differences over Ireland’s border

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has some movement is still needed from the UK side in order for a deal this month.

NI meeting dubbed a 'waste of time' but Bradley says getting Stormont on its feet isn't about 'soundbites'

The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference took place in Dublin today.