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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Friday 4 June, 2021

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'
# Dup Leader
# Dup Leader

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 8:02 AM 64,384 Views 91 Comments

The Taoiseach says the two party leaders had “an open exchange of view” this evening.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 3 June, 2021

Simon Coveney’s weekend visit shows the need for Irish journalists in China
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Simon Coveney’s weekend visit shows the need for Irish journalists in China

Jun 3rd 2021, 9:00 PM 13,845 Views 13 Comments

Dublin has been strengthening ties with Beijing for years – but who is getting to tell the story?

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Government to table 'strongly-worded' Dáil motion on Belarus today
# Dáil
# Dáil

Government to table 'strongly-worded' Dáil motion on Belarus today

Jun 1st 2021, 6:30 AM 6,917 Views 16 Comments

There has been a growing diplomatic row after Belarus diverted a Ryanair civilian plane and arrested an opposition journalist.

# simon-coveney - Friday 28 May, 2021

Simon Coveney is travelling to China this weekend - and so are three other European foreign ministers
# Diplomatic Push
# Diplomatic Push

Simon Coveney is travelling to China this weekend - and so are three other European foreign ministers

May 28th 2021, 5:57 PM 19,420 Views 43 Comments

Coveney last visited China in 2018.

Newly ratified DUP leader Edwin Poots hits out at Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney
# Brexit Hangover
# Brexit Hangover

Newly ratified DUP leader Edwin Poots hits out at Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney

May 28th 2021, 7:30 AM 63,186 Views 129 Comments

Poots has described his relationship with the Irish Government as “really, really bad”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General

May 25th 2021, 8:30 PM 33,468 Views 51 Comments

Major-General Maureen O’Brien’s appointment to this rank was described as a “great source of pride for the Defence Forces” by Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Monday 24 May, 2021

Von Der Leyen promises sanctions for Belarus over diverted flight as detained activist appears in video
# Roman Protasevich
# Roman Protasevich

Von Der Leyen promises sanctions for Belarus over diverted flight as detained activist appears in video

Updated May 24th 2021, 7:48 PM 95,404 Views 127 Comments
  • Journalist Roman Protasevich was detained on Sunday after the flight was diverted to Minsk
  • Micheál Martin said the incident was "a state-sponsored coercive act" and "absolutely unacceptable"
  • It is suspected that KGB agents were present on the Ryanair flight
Michael O'Leary says diversion of Ryanair plane was 'state-sponsored hijacking'
# Minsk
# Minsk

Michael O'Leary says diversion of Ryanair plane was 'state-sponsored hijacking'

May 24th 2021, 9:20 AM 50,923 Views 28 Comments

O’Leary also said it appears there were some KGB agents on board the flight.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 May, 2021

NI Protocol port checks could be reduced by 80%, Simon Coveney says
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

NI Protocol port checks could be reduced by 80%, Simon Coveney says

May 20th 2021, 9:09 PM 16,980 Views 16 Comments

Coveney said that option is within the confines of the protocol if the UK agree to a common approach to standards.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

Ireland to provide €1.5 million in emergency support for people in Gaza Strip
# Palestine
# Palestine

Ireland to provide €1.5 million in emergency support for people in Gaza Strip

May 19th 2021, 10:35 PM 19,127 Views 25 Comments

At least 227 Palestinians have been killed in the latest round of conflict between Israel and Hamas.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 16 May, 2021

Coveney says 'it's too early to tell' if Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza
# Palestine
# Palestine

Coveney says 'it's too early to tell' if Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza

Updated May 16th 2021, 8:00 PM 46,014 Views 83 Comments

The Foreign Minister condemned the killing of civilians, especially children, in the last week.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 12 May, 2021

Irish ambassador summoned to Israeli foreign ministry over Coveney comments
# Israel
# Israel

Irish ambassador summoned to Israeli foreign ministry over Coveney comments

May 12th 2021, 5:07 PM 42,486 Views 86 Comments

Minister Coveney has strongly condemned Israel in recent days, stating that the killing of children in conflict is never acceptable.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 11 May, 2021

Coveney tells Israeli ambassador that the loss of life in Gaza is 'completely unacceptable'
# Violence
# Violence

Coveney tells Israeli ambassador that the loss of life in Gaza is 'completely unacceptable'

Updated May 11th 2021, 9:21 PM 24,759 Views 61 Comments

Coveney told the ambassador that Israel has a duty to adhere to international law.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Meeting of British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to take place in June
# Diplomacy
# Diplomacy

Meeting of British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to take place in June

May 5th 2021, 7:33 PM 6,783 Views 1 Comment

It follows a meeting between Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State in Dublin today.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Cabinet to consider making Passport Office an essential service amid backlog of 90,000 requests
# Minister For Foreign Affairs
# Minister For Foreign Affairs

Cabinet to consider making Passport Office an essential service amid backlog of 90,000 requests

Apr 29th 2021, 9:00 AM 39,247 Views 58 Comments

About a third of the Passport Office staff are currently working on site.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Potential DUP leadership contender pulls out of North-South meeting
# DUP LEADERSHIP
# DUP LEADERSHIP

Potential DUP leadership contender pulls out of North-South meeting

Apr 28th 2021, 2:41 PM 14,804 Views 20 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said he hopes the meeting can go ahead.

# simon-coveney - Monday 26 April, 2021

Ireland to send 700 oxygen concentrators to India to battle Covid crisis
# Covid19 Outbreak
# Covid19 Outbreak

Ireland to send 700 oxygen concentrators to India to battle Covid crisis

Apr 26th 2021, 4:00 PM 24,417 Views 31 Comments

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed the aid package as part of the co-ordinated EU response, as cases in India passed 350,000 a day.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Coveney: Holidaying abroad is currently illegal but that 'may change' over the summer
# On A Jet Plane
# On A Jet Plane

Coveney: Holidaying abroad is currently illegal but that 'may change' over the summer

Apr 21st 2021, 12:53 PM 30,596 Views 55 Comments

The minister said the EU Green Cert system could be in place by June but that Ireland may not sign up to it at the beginning.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 14 April, 2021

Frost to meet Sefcovic in Brussels for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit
# Brexit
# Brexit

Frost to meet Sefcovic in Brussels for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit

Apr 14th 2021, 3:26 PM 5,493 Views 2 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is also in London today for talks.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 10 April, 2021

An expansion that will cost millions or a necessity? Quarantine clashes end with 16 additions to hotel quarantine list
# Analysis
# Analysis

An expansion that will cost millions or a necessity? Quarantine clashes end with 16 additions to hotel quarantine list

Apr 10th 2021, 7:30 AM 36,083 Views 87 Comments

A week of difficult government discussions concluded with an incorporeal Cabinet meeting last night.

# simon-coveney - Monday 5 April, 2021

Talks to take place this week to find a compromise on mandatory hotel quarantine expansion
# Travel
# Travel

Talks to take place this week to find a compromise on mandatory hotel quarantine expansion

Apr 5th 2021, 12:58 PM 29,606 Views 65 Comments

One idea on the table is expanding the role of quarantining at home.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 1 April, 2021

Stephen Donnelly hits out at 'leaks' over possible additions to hotel quarantine list
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Stephen Donnelly hits out at 'leaks' over possible additions to hotel quarantine list

Updated Apr 1st 2021, 6:32 PM 60,933 Views 132 Comments

It was reported this week that 43 countries could be added to the list.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 28 March, 2021

HSE boss says breach of procedure by Beacon Hospital was a 'real body blow'
# Beacon Hospital
# Beacon Hospital

HSE boss says breach of procedure by Beacon Hospital was a 'real body blow'

Mar 28th 2021, 4:24 PM 36,717 Views 76 Comments

Paul Reid said there is no rationale as to why teachers in a private school were given the vaccine.

# simon-coveney - Friday 12 March, 2021

Simon Coveney welcomes Council of Europe decision to reopen case of Pat Finucane's murder
# State Collusion
# State Collusion

Simon Coveney welcomes Council of Europe decision to reopen case of Pat Finucane's murder

Mar 12th 2021, 12:38 PM 8,322 Views 7 Comments

There was shock in November when the UK said it would not hold a public inquiry into the Belfast lawyer’s 1989 murder.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Brexit issues raised with influential group of US Congress members
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Brexit issues raised with influential group of US Congress members

Mar 11th 2021, 11:48 AM 10,859 Views 11 Comments

Simon Coveney and EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic spoke to the Friends of Ireland caucus.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 7 March, 2021

Coveney holds 'intensive and productive' talks with President Hassan Rouhani in Iran
# Iran
# Iran

Coveney holds 'intensive and productive' talks with President Hassan Rouhani in Iran

Updated Mar 7th 2021, 6:25 PM 45,970 Views 51 Comments

Ireland-Iran bilateral relations were also discussed in advance of the re-opening of an Irish diplomatic presence in Tehran.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 6 March, 2021

Nuclear deal on agenda as Coveney travels to Iran to meet with President Rouhani
# Iran
# Iran

Nuclear deal on agenda as Coveney travels to Iran to meet with President Rouhani

Mar 6th 2021, 7:44 AM 23,446 Views 43 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney will also meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 4 March, 2021

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period
# Exports
# Exports

Coveney had 'blunt' conversation with UK government over move to extend NI Protocol grace period

Updated Mar 4th 2021, 12:45 PM 34,554 Views 78 Comments
  • The EU is now considering legal options.
  • Coveney says the move was "disrespectful" and has damaged UK-EU relationships.

# simon-coveney - Monday 1 March, 2021

Coveney urges anyone with information on alleged abuse in the Curragh to contact gardaí
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Coveney urges anyone with information on alleged abuse in the Curragh to contact gardaí

Mar 1st 2021, 7:32 PM 106,168 Views 0 Comments

A whistleblower says a number of people have contacted him about incidents of alleged sexual abuse and assault.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 28 February, 2021

Defence Forces facing 'serious problems' with recruitment and retention
# Defending Pay
# Defending Pay

Defence Forces facing 'serious problems' with recruitment and retention

Feb 28th 2021, 1:29 PM 50,951 Views 92 Comments

A Commission on the Defence Forces is due to deliver a report this year on challenges within the armed forces.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 25 February, 2021

Simon Coveney asks MEPs to delay EU resolution condemning Irishman's detention in China
# Richard O'halloran
# Richard O'halloran

Simon Coveney asks MEPs to delay EU resolution condemning Irishman's detention in China

Feb 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 91,118 Views 0 Comments

Richard OHalloran has been prevented from leaving China since February 2019.

# simon-coveney - Monday 15 February, 2021

US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations
# RULES BREACH
# RULES BREACH

US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations

Feb 15th 2021, 4:45 PM 32,334 Views 40 Comments

The US crew stayed in a Limerick hotel overnight, leaving to buy food at one point, before flying on to the US the following day.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 7 February, 2021

Coveney says calls to scrap Northern Ireland protocol are unrealistic
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Coveney says calls to scrap Northern Ireland protocol are unrealistic

Updated Feb 7th 2021, 3:57 PM 18,210 Views 38 Comments

Coveney did admit however that there have been issues with the implementation of the protocol.

# simon-coveney - Friday 5 February, 2021

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month

Feb 5th 2021, 6:45 AM 23,924 Views 0 Comments

It has been claimed that the media was told not to cover the minister’s trip last month.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'
# The Protocol
# The Protocol

Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'

Updated Feb 3rd 2021, 1:15 PM 59,510 Views 96 Comments

Post-Brexit inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain have been suspended amid concerns over the safety of officials.

# simon-coveney - Monday 1 February, 2021

Commission decision to invoke Article 16 without consulting Irish government 'extraordinary'
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Commission decision to invoke Article 16 without consulting Irish government 'extraordinary'

Feb 1st 2021, 11:55 AM 30,864 Views 88 Comments
  • Coveney says the Commission's move was a "costly mistake"
  • NI First Minister Arlene Foster accuses the Commission of committing an 'act of hostility'

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 January, 2021

Incomplete haulier paperwork still causing headaches and delays at Irish ports, Cabinet told
# Brexit
# Brexit

Incomplete haulier paperwork still causing headaches and delays at Irish ports, Cabinet told

Jan 19th 2021, 6:46 PM 10,967 Views 25 Comments

The State is to fund antigen tests for truck drivers travelling to France.

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 December, 2020

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%
# Department Of Foreign Affairs
# Department Of Foreign Affairs

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%

Dec 28th 2020, 6:10 AM 18,526 Views 14 Comments

The most popular baby girls’ names were Olivia, Mia and Saoirse, while Noah, Adam and Cillian topped the baby boys’ list.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'

Dec 27th 2020, 6:30 AM 23,180 Views 30 Comments

The EU and the UK published full 1,246-page text of the treaty yesterday.

# simon-coveney - Friday 25 December, 2020

Over 65,000 US troops passed through Shannon Airport this year
# US Military
# US Military

Over 65,000 US troops passed through Shannon Airport this year

Dec 25th 2020, 8:30 AM 14,667 Views 53 Comments

Independent TD Catherine Connolly has said that “it is not possible to promote peace if we are facilitating war”.

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