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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Thursday 23 September, 2021

Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister
# New York
# New York

Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister

Thu 8:00 PM 20,651 Views 18 Comments

Coveney said he was not sure whether legislation to tackle protests at the homes of politicians would be possible.

'I've been busy this week': Coveney says he's not met or spoken to Zappone while in New York
# New York
# New York

'I've been busy this week': Coveney says he's not met or spoken to Zappone while in New York

Thu 6:26 PM 11,331 Views 24 Comments

Zappone has declined an invite to come before an Oireachtas Committee to discuss her abandoned appointment as UN special envoy.

# simon-coveney - Monday 20 September, 2021

Further 11 Irish citizens moved out of Afghanistan with their families
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Further 11 Irish citizens moved out of Afghanistan with their families

Sep 20th 2021, 7:49 AM 9,369 Views 3 Comments

The flight was “arranged through diplomatic channels,” according to Minister Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 19 September, 2021

The Taoiseach is heading to NYC for a busy schedule of UN events (and will also drop by 30 Rock)
# New York New York
# New York New York

The Taoiseach is heading to NYC for a busy schedule of UN events (and will also drop by 30 Rock)

Sep 19th 2021, 7:13 AM 26,877 Views 34 Comments

The Taoiseach will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Marc MacSharry says the Fianna Fáil party is now a 'one man show'
# Resignation
# Resignation

Marc MacSharry says the Fianna Fáil party is now a 'one man show'

Sep 16th 2021, 11:34 AM 34,327 Views 35 Comments

The Sligo-Leitrim TD said his resignation was not a ‘a vanity project’.

Poll: Do you have confidence in Simon Coveney?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you have confidence in Simon Coveney?

Sep 16th 2021, 11:19 AM 69,745 Views 71 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister survived a confidence vote last night.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Minister Simon Coveney wins confidence vote in the Dáil by 92 votes to 59
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Minister Simon Coveney wins confidence vote in the Dáil by 92 votes to 59

Updated Sep 15th 2021, 10:20 PM 74,874 Views 148 Comments

Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Katherine Zappone will be asked to appear before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions
# Rolling Controversy
# Rolling Controversy

Katherine Zappone will be asked to appear before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions

Sep 15th 2021, 2:28 PM 13,217 Views 44 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Committee agreed to extend the request this morning.

Longer opening hours for pubs and nightclubs under new laws, as publicans call for 5am closing time
# Time Please
# Time Please

Longer opening hours for pubs and nightclubs under new laws, as publicans call for 5am closing time

Sep 15th 2021, 12:17 PM 81,199 Views 87 Comments

A memo gone to Cabinet today sets out that the country’s licensing laws need to be updated as some date back to the 19th century.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 4:50 PM 44,083 Views 124 Comments

Sinn Féin is set to table a motion of no confidence in Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney tomorrow.

# simon-coveney - Monday 13 September, 2021

Defence Forces 'commends bravery' of female members who came forward to make harassment complaints
# Documentary
# Documentary

Defence Forces 'commends bravery' of female members who came forward to make harassment complaints

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 7:13 PM 26,298 Views 18 Comments

The terms of reference of an independent review into harassment and bullying in the Defence Forces are due to be finalised this week.

As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'
# Reset
# Reset

As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 3:30 PM 36,609 Views 87 Comments

The FG leader said it was time to “refresh, regroup and reset”.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 12 September, 2021

Sinn Féin motion on Coveney is a publicity stunt, says Humphreys
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Sinn Féin motion on Coveney is a publicity stunt, says Humphreys

Sep 12th 2021, 4:03 PM 17,516 Views 93 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said today that there are “more important things” than the controversy surrounding Coveney’s appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN special envoy position.

# simon-coveney - Friday 10 September, 2021

Taoiseach expects Fianna Fáil TDs to back Simon Coveney in confidence motion next week
# Zappone Saga
# Zappone Saga

Taoiseach expects Fianna Fáil TDs to back Simon Coveney in confidence motion next week

Updated Sep 10th 2021, 2:56 PM 31,183 Views 132 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy said the Taoiseach has failed to hold Coveney to account over the Zappone saga.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 9 September, 2021

'We need enormous effort': Coveney leads UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in New York
# Women's Rights
# Women's Rights

'We need enormous effort': Coveney leads UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in New York

Updated Sep 9th 2021, 9:40 PM 22,711 Views 32 Comments

The foreign affairs minister visited the 9/11 memorial earlier today.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Coveney to chair UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in New York
# United Nations
# United Nations

Coveney to chair UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in New York

Sep 8th 2021, 8:30 PM 10,283 Views 39 Comments

The foreign affairs minister will also visit the 9/11 memorial ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attack.

Taoiseach 'has confidence' in Simon Coveney, says spokesperson
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Taoiseach 'has confidence' in Simon Coveney, says spokesperson

Updated Sep 8th 2021, 5:50 PM 50,995 Views 189 Comments

His comment comes after Mary Lou McDonald said today that Simon Coveney cannot stay on.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

'There can be no doubt about how appointments are made': Taoiseach reacts to Coveney's apology

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 9:28 PM 29,255 Views 115 Comments

Coveney was grilled further on the Zappone controversy before an Oireachtas Committee today.

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'
# Sorry
# Sorry

'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'

Updated Sep 7th 2021, 1:00 PM 46,823 Views 148 Comments
  • Coveney acknowledges "making mistakes in recent weeks" and that this has created "a political embarrassment for the Government"
  • In hindsight , Coveney says it would have been helpful for him to respond to Zappone's text to tell her that it was not a job offer, but rather a concept.
  • The minister called Zappone on Sunday to tell her their text messages were being released
'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation

Sep 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,634 Views 14 Comments
  • Latest episode in controversy has seen concerns raised by journalists, transparency activists and opposition TDs, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Simon Coveney set to appear before Oireachtas committee this morning, following admission last week that he deleted text messages.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs published 111 records relating to proposed Zappone appointment yesterday on foot of numerous FOI requests.

# simon-coveney - Monday 6 September, 2021

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Document Drop
# Document Drop

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March

Sep 6th 2021, 5:20 PM 44,321 Views 129 Comments
  • Coveney is due back before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow morning and has promised to answer questions on the documents.
  • Texts released today add further detail to the timeline surrounding the planned appointment of Zappone to the UN envoy role.
  • The document dump also includes a text from Zappone in the aftermath of the Merrion-gate controversy.
Future special envoys should be appointed through open competition, says Taoiseach
# Transparency
# Transparency

Future special envoys should be appointed through open competition, says Taoiseach

Sep 6th 2021, 2:54 PM 9,852 Views 26 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is expected to publish documents today relating to Katherine Zappone’s role.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 5 September, 2021

Taoiseach must 'stamp his authority' and put an end to Zappone row, Fianna Fáil TD says
# James Lawless
# James Lawless

Taoiseach must 'stamp his authority' and put an end to Zappone row, Fianna Fáil TD says

Sep 5th 2021, 3:27 PM 25,664 Views 55 Comments

James Lawless described the controversy as a “Fine Gael mess” and insisted: “There’s not a single Fianna Fail-er near this.”

# simon-coveney - Saturday 4 September, 2021

‘Comprehensive’ information will clarify Zappone appointment, Taoiseach says
# Merriongate
# Merriongate

‘Comprehensive’ information will clarify Zappone appointment, Taoiseach says

Sep 4th 2021, 3:10 PM 14,047 Views 48 Comments

Micheál Martin denied the row is proving a distraction to the Government.

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
# Merrion Gate
# Merrion Gate

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?

Sep 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,281 Views 83 Comments
  • Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone have been drawn back into controversy this week.
  • Developments included deleted and revealed texts, FOI requests and an Oireachtas committee.
  • Orla Dwyer takes a look back at what happened in late July and what the situation is now.

# simon-coveney - Friday 3 September, 2021

Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published
# Simon SMS
# Simon SMS

Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:56 PM 10,658 Views 84 Comments

TD Matt Carthy said the Department of Foreign Affairs should also clarify if any other relevant documents have been erased.

Poll: Do you delete your text messages?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you delete your text messages?

Sep 3rd 2021, 10:05 AM 68,593 Views 91 Comments

It’s all the rage.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 2 September, 2021

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
# Merrion
# Merrion

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy

Updated Sep 2nd 2021, 5:28 PM 42,426 Views 115 Comments

The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 1 September, 2021

'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney
# Spelling It Out
# Spelling It Out

'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 9:38 PM 109,599 Views 85 Comments
  • New screenshots show conversations between Leo Varadkar with Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney in July.
  • The Tánaiste and Zappone discussed her event at the Merrion Hotel, including whether it was "definitely legal".
  • She asked the Tánaiste if he had heard anything about her prospective appointment as a UN Special Envoy.
Work ongoing to get 60 Irish citizens out of Afghanistan, says Coveney
# Kabul
# Kabul

Work ongoing to get 60 Irish citizens out of Afghanistan, says Coveney

Sep 1st 2021, 4:15 PM 7,563 Views 19 Comments

The minister said that Ireland has now granted 280 refugee status papers to Afghan citizens who want to leave and are in danger.

'I've been hacked': Coveney says he is being 'prudent' by clearing his phone regularly
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

'I've been hacked': Coveney says he is being 'prudent' by clearing his phone regularly

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 1:40 PM 28,710 Views 45 Comments

Simon Coveney said yesterday that Katherine Zappone did not lobby him for a job.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 31 August, 2021

Coveney received a text but not a 'formal invitation' to Zappone event at Merrion Hotel
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Coveney received a text but not a 'formal invitation' to Zappone event at Merrion Hotel

Updated Aug 31st 2021, 6:07 PM 35,573 Views 45 Comments

The minister is facing scrutiny from an Oireachtas committee over Katherine Zappone’s appointment as a UN envoy.

# simon-coveney - Friday 27 August, 2021

Irish evacuees returning through France and Finland after departure from Kabul
# Homebound
# Homebound

Irish evacuees returning through France and Finland after departure from Kabul

Aug 27th 2021, 9:24 AM 22,831 Views 22 Comments

Another 60 Irish citizens are still in the country, with operations to evacuate civilians now “effectively closed”.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people
# Kabul Airport
# Kabul Airport

Irish evacuation mission from Kabul Airport ends with rescue of 36 people

Updated Aug 26th 2021, 6:07 PM 95,730 Views 147 Comments

At least 60 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 24 August, 2021

Donnelly says all restrictions should be gone by Christmas, Holohan says he hopes 'much sooner'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Donnelly says all restrictions should be gone by Christmas, Holohan says he hopes 'much sooner'

Updated Aug 24th 2021, 3:15 PM 49,221 Views 61 Comments

Cabinet will meet next week to sign off on a reopening plan.

Scenes of large gatherings around All-Ireland hurling final 'indefensible', says Coveney
# Backlash
From The42
# Backlash

Scenes of large gatherings around All-Ireland hurling final 'indefensible', says Coveney

Aug 24th 2021, 3:01 PM 30,173 Views 51 Comments

Minster for Foreign Affairs also admitted what happened at Croke Park ‘isn’t how that was supposed to work’ after negotiations with GAA to allow 40,000 to attend.

# simon-coveney - Monday 23 August, 2021

Army Rangers being sent to Kabul to help with evacuation of Irish citizens
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Army Rangers being sent to Kabul to help with evacuation of Irish citizens

Updated Aug 23rd 2021, 8:56 PM 60,052 Views 80 Comments

They are expected to arrive into Kabul on Thursday.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 22 August, 2021

Two more Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Two more Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan

Aug 22nd 2021, 2:00 PM 13,564 Views 18 Comments

A total of eight Irish citizens have now been evacuated, with 34 remaining in the country.

# simon-coveney - Friday 20 August, 2021

Three more Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan

Three more Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan

Aug 20th 2021, 2:01 PM 8,845 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said that a total of six Irish citizens have now left the country.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 19 August, 2021

Taliban escorted Meath woman to Kabul airport as 36 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan
# Irish In Afghanistan

Taliban escorted Meath woman to Kabul airport as 36 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan

Updated Aug 19th 2021, 7:20 PM 73,284 Views 74 Comments

Aoife MacManus, one of the three Irish people who has left Afghanistan, spoke to Nuacht RTÉ this evening.

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