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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Yesterday's News

Ireland to step up security around offshore pipelines after Nord Stream blasts
# Defence
# Defence

Ireland to step up security around offshore pipelines after Nord Stream blasts

11 hours ago 13,021 Views 29 Comments

Simon Coveney said there will be an increase in patrols by the Naval Service and Air Corps.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 September, 2022

EU seeks trade sanctions on Russia over ‘sham’ Ukraine votes
# EU Sanctions
# EU Sanctions

EU seeks trade sanctions on Russia over ‘sham’ Ukraine votes

Sep 28th 2022, 6:09 PM 8,534 Views 6 Comments

Simon Coveney said the results don’t ‘truly reflect what people in those parts of Ukraine actually want’.

Barnier says EU 'must not and will not back down' on Northern Ireland Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

Barnier says EU 'must not and will not back down' on Northern Ireland Protocol

Updated Sep 28th 2022, 4:32 PM 14,693 Views 15 Comments

Simon Coveney also met with the new NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris at Hillsborough Castle today.

# simon-coveney - Friday 23 September, 2022

Coveney: No surprise in Northern census results but good relationships needed before border poll
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Coveney: No surprise in Northern census results but good relationships needed before border poll

Sep 23rd 2022, 9:26 AM 8,748 Views 19 Comments

Coveney and Doherty were speaking after it emerged that catholics now outnumber protestants in Northern Ireland.

Ireland 'deeply frustrated' at Security Council’s failure to act on Russia, Palestine and climate change
# United Nations
# United Nations

Ireland 'deeply frustrated' at Security Council’s failure to act on Russia, Palestine and climate change

Updated Sep 23rd 2022, 7:00 AM 48,112 Views 64 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney addressed the UN Security Council in New York earlier today.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 22 September, 2022

Coveney says US President Joe Biden hopes a trip to Ireland can happen soon
# New York
# New York

Coveney says US President Joe Biden hopes a trip to Ireland can happen soon

Sep 22nd 2022, 9:03 PM 11,560 Views 16 Comments

The Taoiseach first invited the US president to visit Ireland when Biden was elected in November 2020.

'Not enough money and they know it': Tommy Tiernan reiterates criticism of Govt overseas aid budget
# Row
# Row

'Not enough money and they know it': Tommy Tiernan reiterates criticism of Govt overseas aid budget

Sep 22nd 2022, 3:25 PM 34,663 Views 51 Comments

The comedian was responding to comments made by Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney at the UN summit in New York.

Ukraine conflict: Coveney expecting 'abrasive' exchanges at pivotal UN Security Council meeting
# New York
# New York

Ukraine conflict: Coveney expecting 'abrasive' exchanges at pivotal UN Security Council meeting

Updated Sep 22nd 2022, 6:58 AM 22,001 Views 21 Comments
  • 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".

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 21 September, 2022

Coveney responds to Tommy Tiernan's criticisms of Irish Govt's overseas development shortfalls
# New York
# New York

Coveney responds to Tommy Tiernan's criticisms of Irish Govt's overseas development shortfalls

Sep 21st 2022, 5:55 PM 41,730 Views 19 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says next week’s budget will see a significant increase in the overseas aid budget.

Key week for Ireland's term on UN Security Council during Ukraine-dominated General Assembly
# New York
# New York

Key week for Ireland's term on UN Security Council during Ukraine-dominated General Assembly

Updated Sep 21st 2022, 2:19 PM 11,799 Views 22 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also arrive in New York later today.

# simon-coveney - Friday 16 September, 2022

Ukrainian official says 99% of bodies exhumed in Izyum have 'signs of violent death'
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Ukrainian official says 99% of bodies exhumed in Izyum have 'signs of violent death'

Updated Sep 16th 2022, 10:50 PM 70,287 Views 80 Comments

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said some of the remains exhumed included children and people who were likely tortured before dying.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 14 September, 2022

Minister Coveney meets Ukrainian foreign minister on one-day visit to Odesa
# Grain Export
# Grain Export

Minister Coveney meets Ukrainian foreign minister on one-day visit to Odesa

Updated Sep 14th 2022, 6:57 PM 20,219 Views 24 Comments

‘This is about solidarity, its about understanding what’s happening on the ground in Ukraine,’ the minister said.

Varadkar says potential price caps on energy bills have 'echoes of the bank guarantee'
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

Varadkar says potential price caps on energy bills have 'echoes of the bank guarantee'

Sep 14th 2022, 5:11 PM 20,345 Views 29 Comments

Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is not ruling out price caps, but added that he was nervous about it.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 11 September, 2022

Coveney says government is 'ruling nothing out' in response to cost-of-living crisis
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Coveney says government is 'ruling nothing out' in response to cost-of-living crisis

Sep 11th 2022, 2:44 PM 30,534 Views 31 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister warned “this isn’t a crisis that is going to go away quickly”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 7 September, 2022

Ireland to open Embassy in Pakistan alongside Consulate Generals in Milan and Munich
# Islamabad
# Islamabad

Ireland to open Embassy in Pakistan alongside Consulate Generals in Milan and Munich

Sep 7th 2022, 2:47 PM 7,746 Views 5 Comments

It’s part of the Global Ireland programme which aims to ‘double Ireland’s global footprint by 2025′.

# simon-coveney - Monday 5 September, 2022

New UK PM: Taoiseach congratulates Truss on election as Tory leader
# Liz Truss
# Liz Truss

New UK PM: Taoiseach congratulates Truss on election as Tory leader

Updated Sep 5th 2022, 6:15 PM 24,459 Views 42 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney called for Truss to change the direction of UK-Irish relations,

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 30 August, 2022

Coveney backs more EU training of Ukrainian troops at foreign ministers meeting in Prague
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Coveney backs more EU training of Ukrainian troops at foreign ministers meeting in Prague

Updated Aug 30th 2022, 7:47 PM 22,539 Views 50 Comments

The ministers are expected to discuss the proposal to restrict Russian visas to the bloc at the two-day meeting.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 16 August, 2022

Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years

Aug 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,974 Views 28 Comments

The highest spender was the Department of Foreign Affairs, spending €166,553 on foreign travel since the Government was formed.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 4 August, 2022

Dublin Airport: Defence Forces to come off 'standby' and DAA has not sought extension to deal
# Airport Chaos
# Airport Chaos

Dublin Airport: Defence Forces to come off 'standby' and DAA has not sought extension to deal

Aug 4th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,505 Views 11 Comments

Members have been trained to assist with security but have not yet been called in.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 21 July, 2022

UK's actions on NI Protocol are 'not the way to behave with your neighbours' - Coveney
# Irish-UK Relations
# Irish-UK Relations

UK's actions on NI Protocol are 'not the way to behave with your neighbours' - Coveney

Jul 21st 2022, 12:12 PM 10,209 Views 12 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs said he hopes the next British prime minister will not break international law.

# simon-coveney - Monday 18 July, 2022

Visa-free travel for some refugees suspended over fears of 'abuse' of system - Ukrainians not affected
# Europe
# Europe

Visa-free travel for some refugees suspended over fears of 'abuse' of system - Ukrainians not affected

Jul 18th 2022, 6:46 PM 49,662 Views 0 Comments

The Government made the announcement this evening amid a shortage of accommodation for refugees.

About 150 refugees to arrive to 16-per-tent Defence Forces marquees in Gormanston tomorrow
# Refugees
# Refugees

About 150 refugees to arrive to 16-per-tent Defence Forces marquees in Gormanston tomorrow

Updated Jul 18th 2022, 9:40 AM 22,233 Views 19 Comments

Further sanctions against Russia are on the cards.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 13 July, 2022

Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
# New Plan
# New Plan

Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals

Updated Jul 13th 2022, 12:50 PM 22,435 Views 30 Comments

A new high level action plan on the Defence Forces has been launched this morning.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 12 July, 2022

Coveney tells committee that new Defence Forces funding will be 'about people'
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

Coveney tells committee that new Defence Forces funding will be 'about people'

Jul 12th 2022, 5:38 PM 8,944 Views 8 Comments

“I don’t believe that it’s possible to deliver something more ambitious,” Coveney said this evening.

Pay increases and funding boost for radar sought as part of €8 billion defence proposals
# Defence Spending
# Defence Spending

Pay increases and funding boost for radar sought as part of €8 billion defence proposals

Jul 12th 2022, 12:11 AM 16,349 Views 16 Comments

A decision on the Commission on the Defence Forces will be brought to Cabinet today.

# simon-coveney - Friday 8 July, 2022

Coveney: NI Protocol legislation may be 'put off' following Johnson's resignation
# Brexit
# Brexit

Coveney: NI Protocol legislation may be 'put off' following Johnson's resignation

Jul 8th 2022, 1:30 PM 13,214 Views 2 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs said the issue may not be debated until after parliament’s recess.

Defence Department report: Ill-defined policy and 'extremely strained' civil-military interactions
# Civil Strife
# Civil Strife

Defence Department report: Ill-defined policy and 'extremely strained' civil-military interactions

Jul 8th 2022, 11:25 AM 10,729 Views 13 Comments

The Capability Review of the Department of Defence was ordered in 2021 as part of the Civil Service Renewal Plan.

# simon-coveney - Friday 1 July, 2022

Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending
# Commission On Defence
# Commission On Defence

Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending

Jul 1st 2022, 12:05 AM 29,356 Views 25 Comments

Simon Coveney was due to deliver an action plan on defence to Cabinet in June.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali
# Mali
# Mali

Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali

Jun 30th 2022, 6:40 PM 26,896 Views 38 Comments

The exchange between Simon Coveney and Deputy John Brady happened during a Defence and Foreign Affairs committee on peace keeping.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 29 June, 2022

Irish soldiers could train Ukrainian troops to make Russian minefields safe, minister says
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Irish soldiers could train Ukrainian troops to make Russian minefields safe, minister says

Jun 29th 2022, 4:32 PM 11,717 Views 31 Comments

Simon Coveney said that Ukraine had asked for demining training from Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 23 June, 2022

France not carrying out military exercises in Irish-patrolled waters, Coveney says
# Exclusive Economic Zone
# Exclusive Economic Zone

France not carrying out military exercises in Irish-patrolled waters, Coveney says

Jun 23rd 2022, 1:33 PM 15,901 Views 19 Comments

Minister Simon Coveney spoke about the change of plan in the Dáil today.

# simon-coveney - Monday 20 June, 2022

French military exercises due to take place off south-west coast brought forward to tonight
# Cork
# Cork

French military exercises due to take place off south-west coast brought forward to tonight

Updated Jun 20th 2022, 5:26 PM 48,340 Views 50 Comments

Minister Coveney has said his department is in contact with French authorities.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 14 June, 2022

Taoiseach says UK government 'don't fully get' the Good Friday Agreement
# Northern Ireland Protocol
# Northern Ireland Protocol

Taoiseach says UK government 'don't fully get' the Good Friday Agreement

Updated Jun 14th 2022, 3:22 PM 22,357 Views 37 Comments
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said Ireland will not be made collateral damage by the plan.
  • Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O'Neill said that the Good Friday Agreement and Brexit were incompatible.
  • DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has not given a timeline for his party to return to power-sharing in the north.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 11 June, 2022

Man remanded in custody for firearms charges after Coveney security alert in Belfast
# Man Charged
# Man Charged

Man remanded in custody for firearms charges after Coveney security alert in Belfast

Updated Jun 11th 2022, 2:25 PM 19,229 Views 0 Comments

Winston Irvine was arrested on Wednesday as police were investigating the security alert that impacted Simon Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 9 June, 2022

New law to override NI Protocol will represent a new low in British-Irish relations - Coveney
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

New law to override NI Protocol will represent a new low in British-Irish relations - Coveney

Jun 9th 2022, 11:16 AM 10,263 Views 9 Comments

Minister Simon Coveney has urged the UK Government to step back from its plan to publish domestic legislation.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 8 June, 2022

Two men arrested over security alert which halted Coveney speech in Belfast
# Belfast
# Belfast

Two men arrested over security alert which halted Coveney speech in Belfast

Jun 8th 2022, 2:18 PM 6,864 Views 0 Comments

Simon Coveney had to halt his speech during a peace and reconciliation event.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 7 June, 2022

Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit new NATO candidates Finland and Sweden today
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit new NATO candidates Finland and Sweden today

Jun 7th 2022, 10:11 AM 10,375 Views 49 Comments

Coveney will meet the the Foreign Affairs minister of Sweden and Finland while also meeting the Defence minister in Helsinki.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 2 June, 2022

Irish Military officers granted temporary access to ICTU for pay talks
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

Irish Military officers granted temporary access to ICTU for pay talks

Jun 2nd 2022, 12:28 PM 6,862 Views 0 Comments

The representative bodies had been campaigning for better pay and conditions for Irish Defence Forces personnel.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 31 May, 2022

Almost 60,000 children's passport applications remain outstanding, says Dept of Foreign Affairs
# Passports
# Passports

Almost 60,000 children's passport applications remain outstanding, says Dept of Foreign Affairs

May 31st 2022, 7:30 PM 19,481 Views 20 Comments

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said that there had been over 500,000 passports issued in 2022 so far.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 29 May, 2022

Taoiseach visits Irish troops on peacekeeping mission in Lebanon
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

Taoiseach visits Irish troops on peacekeeping mission in Lebanon

Updated May 29th 2022, 3:44 PM 27,647 Views 85 Comments

Reporter Niall O’Connor is accompanying the Taoiseach and reporting from Lebanon in the coming days.

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