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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Simon Coveney

Last week
15th January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach defends Paschal Donohoe as minister due to make Dáil statement on undeclared donations
Opposition TDs have called for a full explanation from the Minister, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
# ethics
'He's fully corrected the record': Coveney defends Donohoe over undeclared donation
Coveney said he believes that Donohoe has given a “very detailed explanation as to what happened”.
Last month
December 2022
# Donal de Roiste
Former army lieutenant Dónal de Róiste welcomes apology for 'flawed and unfair' dismissal
A review has found that his dismissal more than 50 years ago ‘was made on foot of a fundamentally flawed and unfair process’.
# United Nations
Russian invasion of Ukraine and veto undermines UN Security Council, Coveney says
Coveney believes Ireland has had a “sustained and positive impact” during its two-year term on the council.
# strategic risk
Irish Army captain: dangers of live fire exercise an increased risk due to staffing shortfalls
Capt Karl Muckian said that such is the shortfall that the issue should be added to the strategic risk register.
Last year
2022
# irish embassy opening
Coveney stresses value of 'diplomatic channels' amid row over Tehran embassy
Opening an Irish embassy in the Iranian capital is being kept under review.
# RACO conference
'Existential crisis' in Defence as officers' group declare recruitment target unachievable
The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO) are in Naas, Co Kildare for their annual conference.
# World Cup
Coveney criticises Fifa's 'extraordinary' decision on One Love armbands
Under Fifa’s rules, players wearing kit that is not authorised by the governing body could be shown a yellow card.
# ireland's triple-lock
Motion on Ireland remaining a militarily neutral state won't be opposed by Government
Taoiseach says scrapping the triple-lock is not in the Programme for Government.
# triple lock
Change to triple-lock mechanism 'sensible' due to changed global situation, says Coveney
A motion at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis is calling for a the triple-lock to be turned into a double-lock.
# Sanctions
Politicians confirm they're on Russia's travel ban list as Taoiseach calls move 'classic diversion'
Minister Simon Coveney said the sanctions were “an attempt to unsettle Ireland and our political system”.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Minister Simon Coveney says he would 'understand' if he's reshuffled out of Foreign Affairs
The Minister for Foreign Affairs said he loves his job and would like to stay there but that decisions have to be taken.
# Blackpool
Taoiseach Micheál Martin meets UK PM Rishi Sunak at summit in Blackpool
Sunak first UK prime minister to attend the British-Irish Council in 15 years .
# Climate Finance
'People are dying': Coveney meets leaders of climate-vulnerable countries at COP27
Coveney is spending the day at the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, the second Irish politician to attend this year.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney says UK-EU post-Brexit deal is 'doable' by the end of the year
It comes after the European Commission vice president said a deal could happen within weeks with the right “political will”.
# PSNI
PSNI chief says ‘calm the rhetoric’ as fears raised of loyalist violence
Referring to a bomb scare at an event involving Simon Coveney earlier this year, the chief constable said police can’t have full knowledge of everything.
# COP27
British PM Rishi Sunak makes sudden u-turn on attending Cop27 climate summit in Egypt
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the u-turn.
# UK Economy
Stability of UK economy in Ireland’s interest, says finance minister
Paschal Donohoe said he hopes close cooperation between the two countries can resume with a new UK prime minister.
# Ukraine War
Hundreds of Ukrainian towns without power after 'kamikaze drones' strike Kyiv
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has labelled the drone strikes “state sponsored terrorism”.
# The North
All efforts needed to avoid fresh Stormont elections, Coveney says during trip to Belfast
The Foreign Affairs Minister was meeting with Northern Ireland political parties in Belfast.
# NI Protocol
Coveney: Politicians ‘may need to surprise people’ to resolve row over NI Protocol
The Foreign Affairs Minister met with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris in London today.
THE MORNING LEAD
Coveney: 'No arms industry' but Ireland should explore military trade opportunities
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The event, entitled “Building the ecosystem, Identifying connections for collaborations in security, defence and dual-use technologies”, was held in the Aviva Stadium.
# Security
Ireland to join European centre for countering hybrid threats such as cyber and disinformation
The centre allows member states to develop responses to the activities of adversaries below the threshold of war.
# Defence
Ireland to step up security around offshore pipelines after Nord Stream blasts
Simon Coveney said there will be an increase in patrols by the Naval Service and Air Corps.
# EU Sanctions
EU seeks trade sanctions on Russia over ‘sham’ Ukraine votes
Simon Coveney said the results don’t ‘truly reflect what people in those parts of Ukraine actually want’.
# Brexit
Barnier says EU 'must not and will not back down' on Northern Ireland Protocol
Simon Coveney also met with the new NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris at Hillsborough Castle today.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney: No surprise in Northern census results but good relationships needed before border poll
Coveney and Doherty were speaking after it emerged that catholics now outnumber protestants in Northern Ireland.
# United Nations
Ireland 'deeply frustrated' at Security Council’s failure to act on Russia, Palestine and climate change
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney addressed the UN Security Council in New York earlier today.
# New York
Coveney says US President Joe Biden hopes a trip to Ireland can happen soon
The Taoiseach first invited the US president to visit Ireland when Biden was elected in November 2020.
# Row
'Not enough money and they know it': Tommy Tiernan reiterates criticism of Govt overseas aid budget
The comedian was responding to comments made by Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney at the UN summit in New York.
# New York
Ukraine conflict: Coveney expecting 'abrasive' exchanges at pivotal UN Security Council meeting
Minister Simon Coveney will be around the table with Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Today's UN Security Council meeting is being considered as the most high-profile engagement of Ireland’s two-year term on the body.
All five permanent members of the Council will be in attendance for the first time since the war in Ukraine began.
Coveney said the idea of a ceasefire and peace agreement "seems like quite a way off".
# New York
Coveney responds to Tommy Tiernan's criticisms of Irish Govt's overseas development shortfalls
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says next week’s budget will see a significant increase in the overseas aid budget.
# New York
Key week for Ireland's term on UN Security Council during Ukraine-dominated General Assembly
Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also arrive in New York later today.
# Ukraine
Ukrainian official says 99% of bodies exhumed in Izyum have 'signs of violent death'
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said some of the remains exhumed included children and people who were likely tortured before dying.
# grain export
Minister Coveney meets Ukrainian foreign minister on one-day visit to Odesa
‘This is about solidarity, its about understanding what’s happening on the ground in Ukraine,’ the minister said.
# energy costs
Varadkar says potential price caps on energy bills have 'echoes of the bank guarantee'
Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is not ruling out price caps, but added that he was nervous about it.
# budget 2023
Coveney says government is 'ruling nothing out' in response to cost-of-living crisis
The Foreign Affairs Minister warned “this isn’t a crisis that is going to go away quickly”.
# Islamabad
Ireland to open Embassy in Pakistan alongside Consulate Generals in Milan and Munich
It’s part of the Global Ireland programme which aims to ‘double Ireland’s global footprint by 2025′.
# liz truss
New UK PM: Taoiseach congratulates Truss on election as Tory leader
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney called for Truss to change the direction of UK-Irish relations,
# Ukraine
Coveney backs more EU training of Ukrainian troops at foreign ministers meeting in Prague
The ministers are expected to discuss the proposal to restrict Russian visas to the bloc at the two-day meeting.