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#Simon Coveney

# 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.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 24 May, 2022

Coveney okays associate membership of ICTU for armed forces ahead of pay talks
# Armed Forces
# Armed Forces

Coveney okays associate membership of ICTU for armed forces ahead of pay talks

May 24th 2022, 8:29 PM 10,243 Views 5 Comments

Defence Minister Simon Coveney said that the government is aware of the ‘longstanding desire’ of the body to associate with the union

Passport Office 'upscaling' to respond to massive increase in demand, says Coveney
# Delays
# Delays

Passport Office 'upscaling' to respond to massive increase in demand, says Coveney

May 24th 2022, 5:35 PM 17,104 Views 19 Comments

Last month, 170,000 passports went out successfully, said Minister Simon Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Friday 20 May, 2022

Taoiseach and Jeffrey Donaldson meet in Belfast as DUP rejects 'sticking plaster approach'
# Up North
# Up North

Taoiseach and Jeffrey Donaldson meet in Belfast as DUP rejects 'sticking plaster approach'

Updated May 20th 2022, 4:33 PM 64,184 Views 71 Comments
  • Jeffrey Donaldson said: “Dublin must belatedly recognise that if nothing is fixed then there will be no progress."
  • Speaking this morning, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that "in the democratic world" people should attend parliament.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney also met his British counterpart Liz Truss in Turin today.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 17 May, 2022

O'Neill accuses Johnson of 'assisting DUP nonsense' amid UK plans to 'rip up' parts of Protocol
# Brexit
# Brexit

O'Neill accuses Johnson of 'assisting DUP nonsense' amid UK plans to 'rip up' parts of Protocol

Updated May 17th 2022, 10:25 AM 29,404 Views 35 Comments

Liz Truss is expected to declare her intention to bring forward legislation which rips up parts of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Johnson says protocol causing ‘real problems’ in Northern Ireland and must be ‘fixed’
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Johnson says protocol causing ‘real problems’ in Northern Ireland and must be ‘fixed’

Updated May 12th 2022, 6:23 PM 39,830 Views 50 Comments
  • European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic earlier said the UK plans to scrap swathes of the Protocol are "unacceptable".
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dismissed suggestions of any possible escalatory response from the EU as "crazy".
  • DUP MP Sammy Wilson said his party has adopted a wait-and-see approach over what the UK Government will do about the Protocol.

# simon-coveney - Friday 6 May, 2022

What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation
# Stormont
# Stormont

What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation

May 6th 2022, 4:21 PM 13,865 Views 8 Comments

Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said it would be “absolutely unfathomable” that a new Executive would not be formed after today.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Foreign affairs minister to meet senior US officials on Washington trip
# Heading West
# Heading West

Foreign affairs minister to meet senior US officials on Washington trip

Apr 27th 2022, 9:29 PM 7,626 Views 6 Comments

Coveney is expected to raise the Northern Ireland Protocol as well the war in Ukraine.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 20 April, 2022

Ukraine receives missiles from Norway amid warning Mariupol defenders are facing 'last days'
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Ukraine receives missiles from Norway amid warning Mariupol defenders are facing 'last days'

Updated Apr 20th 2022, 10:45 AM 40,409 Views 65 Comments

Commander Serhiy Volyna said his marines are “maybe facing our last days, if not hours”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 April, 2022

'It is madness': Coveney addresses UN and describes witnessing mass graves at Bucha
# Address
# Address

'It is madness': Coveney addresses UN and describes witnessing mass graves at Bucha

Apr 19th 2022, 8:33 PM 25,117 Views 81 Comments

“There was nothing fabricated about what I witnessed,” he told the assembly.

Simon Coveney to address UN Security Council today on Bucha and Kyiv visit
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Simon Coveney to address UN Security Council today on Bucha and Kyiv visit

Apr 19th 2022, 12:03 AM 10,122 Views 13 Comments

Coveney visited Bucha and Kyiv last week and will brief his colleagues on what he witnessed.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 14 April, 2022

Simon Coveney visits Bucha after discussing Ukraine's EU application 'in detail' in Kyiv
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Simon Coveney visits Bucha after discussing Ukraine's EU application 'in detail' in Kyiv

Updated Apr 14th 2022, 4:30 PM 36,540 Views 92 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister is to travel to areas directly affected by the Russian invasion.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 7 April, 2022

'Significant delays' in processing new passports caused by a surge in demand
# Passport Delays
# Passport Delays

'Significant delays' in processing new passports caused by a surge in demand

Apr 7th 2022, 4:52 PM 25,880 Views 16 Comments

First-time passport applications and children’s passports, particularly for foreign-born children are seeing the longest delays.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

Anglo-Irish relations: Simon Coveney meets with Liverpool and Manchester mayors in Dublin

Anglo-Irish relations: Simon Coveney meets with Liverpool and Manchester mayors in Dublin

Mar 29th 2022, 9:30 PM 17,558 Views 11 Comments

Ireland is focusing on building relationships with parts of the UK outside of London as part of its post-Brexit plan.

Belfast hijacking: Woman (48) arrested as part of the security threat investigation
# Belfast
# Belfast

Belfast hijacking: Woman (48) arrested as part of the security threat investigation

Updated Mar 29th 2022, 7:10 PM 7,736 Views 0 Comments

Simon Coveney was giving a talk in Belfast on Friday when he was abruptly evacuated due to a security alert.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 27 March, 2022

Man (41) and woman (38) arrested in investigation into north Belfast hijacking
# Security Alert
# Security Alert

Man (41) and woman (38) arrested in investigation into north Belfast hijacking

Updated Mar 27th 2022, 12:24 PM 23,724 Views 0 Comments

Simon Coveney was giving a talk in north Belfast on Friday when he was abruptly evacuated due to a security alert.

# simon-coveney - Friday 25 March, 2022

PSNI investigating if UVF behind hijacking that disrupted Simon Coveney speech in Belfast
# Threat
# Threat

PSNI investigating if UVF behind hijacking that disrupted Simon Coveney speech in Belfast

Mar 25th 2022, 8:15 PM 99,913 Views 42 Comments

A van driver was threatened by two gunmen and forced to drive to another street, where a hoax device was then placed in the vehicle.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 23 March, 2022

Coveney urges UK to reconsider Northern Ireland border pass proposal
# Brexit
# Brexit

Coveney urges UK to reconsider Northern Ireland border pass proposal

Mar 23rd 2022, 7:52 PM 17,407 Views 21 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister raised concerns about plans for foreigners to have an Electronic Travel Authorisation pass when crossing the border.

Irish Air Corps celebrates 100 years of service with Dublin city fly past
# 100 Years
# 100 Years

Irish Air Corps celebrates 100 years of service with Dublin city fly past

Updated Mar 23rd 2022, 1:11 PM 21,003 Views 43 Comments

The Irish Air Corps celebrated 100 years since its formation at Casement Aerodrome this morning.

# simon-coveney - Friday 18 March, 2022

Coveney praises Poland's 'incredible solidarity' during visit to discuss Ukraine
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Coveney praises Poland's 'incredible solidarity' during visit to discuss Ukraine

Updated Mar 18th 2022, 5:00 PM 30,631 Views 31 Comments

Coveney will meet his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau and speak to humanitarian organisations assisting those fleeing the war.

# simon-coveney - Monday 14 March, 2022

Body armour and 10 tonnes of food sent by Ireland to Ukrainian army
# Donations
# Donations

Body armour and 10 tonnes of food sent by Ireland to Ukrainian army

Mar 14th 2022, 5:10 PM 15,318 Views 18 Comments

Defence Minister Simon Coveney confirmed that the equipment and food will shortly arrive at a Polish logistics hub.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 13 March, 2022

Government purchases two ships for naval service from New Zealand
# In The Navy
# In The Navy

Government purchases two ships for naval service from New Zealand

Mar 13th 2022, 3:23 PM 57,718 Views 62 Comments

The procurement of the two vessels is part of the “regeneration” of Ireland’s Naval Service.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 10 March, 2022

Ireland faces increased cyber attack threat following Ukraine invasion, says Coveney
# Cyber Security
# Cyber Security

Ireland faces increased cyber attack threat following Ukraine invasion, says Coveney

Mar 10th 2022, 5:19 PM 14,170 Views 26 Comments

The Foreign Affairs minister also indicated that Ireland is currently preparing to send defence equipment to Ukraine.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 9 March, 2022

Ireland needs to have ‘fundamental rethink’ over security, says Coveney
# On The Defence
# On The Defence

Ireland needs to have ‘fundamental rethink’ over security, says Coveney

Mar 9th 2022, 6:53 PM 24,977 Views 56 Comments

The Minister said that there was ‘no target’ on how many Ukrainian refugees would be supported to come to Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Monday 7 March, 2022

An online portal to offer help to Ukrainian refugees in Ireland has opened
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

An online portal to offer help to Ukrainian refugees in Ireland has opened

Mar 7th 2022, 5:18 PM 64,552 Views 20 Comments

The United Nations said yesterday that 1.5 million have fled Ukraine since the invasion of the country by Russia.

Timmy Dooley and Billy Kelleher travel to Lviv for talks with political leaders
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Timmy Dooley and Billy Kelleher travel to Lviv for talks with political leaders

Mar 7th 2022, 9:35 AM 24,778 Views 40 Comments

Dooley said Ireland will have to play its part in providing accommodation “and lots of it” to refugees fleeing Ukraine.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 March, 2022

Up to 20,000 Ukrainian refugees could come to Ireland as Taoiseach says Ireland 'must be generous'
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Up to 20,000 Ukrainian refugees could come to Ireland as Taoiseach says Ireland 'must be generous'

Updated Mar 1st 2022, 3:10 PM 30,791 Views 66 Comments

Irish families could be asked to open up their homes temporarily, said the minister.

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 February, 2022

Taoiseach says Ireland's non-lethal military support for Ukraine is 'sufficient' as EU members are sending weapons
# Russian Invasion
# Russian Invasion

Taoiseach says Ireland's non-lethal military support for Ukraine is 'sufficient' as EU members are sending weapons

Updated Feb 28th 2022, 1:36 PM 50,837 Views 143 Comments
  • Micheál Martin said it would be "unthinkable" for the EU not to send weapons to Ukraine.
  • Both An Taoiseach and Minister Simon Coveney said there were currently no plans to expel the Russian ambassador.
  • Martin also cast doubt on whether Ukraine could join the EU "immediately".

# simon-coveney - Friday 25 February, 2022

Freezing assets of Putin and Lavrov ‘absolutely appropriate’ – Simon Coveney
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Freezing assets of Putin and Lavrov ‘absolutely appropriate’ – Simon Coveney

Feb 25th 2022, 5:18 PM 13,236 Views 33 Comments

Coveney suggested Ireland would be open to harsher measures against Russia than those already agreed by the EU.

# simon-coveney - Monday 21 February, 2022

Taoiseach condemns Russia's recognition of Ukraine breakaway regions
# Sanctions
# Sanctions

Taoiseach condemns Russia's recognition of Ukraine breakaway regions

Updated Feb 21st 2022, 11:02 PM 23,690 Views 65 Comments

He described today’s announcement as a breach of international law.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 20 February, 2022

Russia is 'on brink' of invading Ukraine, US warns despite ongoing talks
# Moscow
# Moscow

Russia is 'on brink' of invading Ukraine, US warns despite ongoing talks

Updated Feb 20th 2022, 6:15 PM 75,205 Views 126 Comments
  • Emmanuel Macron talked with Vladimir Putin today, before calling Volodymyr Zelensky
  • Minister Simon Coveney said that the prospect of war in Ukraine is now the expectation
  • Joint Russian and Belarusian military drills are continuing today amid increased tension with Ukraine

# simon-coveney - Monday 14 February, 2022

Department of Foreign Affairs says 145 Irish citizens now registered with embassy in Ukraine
# Kyiv Embassy
# Kyiv Embassy

Department of Foreign Affairs says 145 Irish citizens now registered with embassy in Ukraine

Feb 14th 2022, 4:36 PM 6,341 Views 5 Comments

The department said that this number “may rise further over the coming days”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Coveney: Champagne-gate pic was 'careless mistake', says in hindsight he should have raised it with officials
# Foreign Affairs Minister
# Foreign Affairs Minister

Coveney: Champagne-gate pic was 'careless mistake', says in hindsight he should have raised it with officials

Feb 8th 2022, 5:59 PM 7,714 Views 13 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has been giving evidence before the committee.

Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
# COMMISSION REPORT
# COMMISSION REPORT

Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy

Feb 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,128 Views 18 Comments

Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 February, 2022

Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'
# Champagne Gate
# Champagne Gate

Coveney says Foreign Affairs gathering was 'a serious mistake that shouldn't have happened'

Feb 1st 2022, 8:53 AM 20,795 Views 57 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the review of the gathering published last night is “insufficient” and called for an independent investigation.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 30 January, 2022

Defence Forces have been 'under-resourced for a long time', Coveney says
# Military
# Military

Defence Forces have been 'under-resourced for a long time', Coveney says

Jan 30th 2022, 2:29 PM 22,682 Views 64 Comments

It comes after Coveney confirmed that Russia is to relocate its military drills outside Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 29 January, 2022

Russia says its planned naval exercises have been moved away from Irish-patrolled waters
# Russia
# Russia

Russia says its planned naval exercises have been moved away from Irish-patrolled waters

Jan 29th 2022, 5:26 PM 91,326 Views 147 Comments

Simon Coveney announced the update this evening.

'We are so unbelievably happy': Richard O’Halloran reunited with family after return to Ireland
# China
# China

'We are so unbelievably happy': Richard O’Halloran reunited with family after return to Ireland

Updated Jan 29th 2022, 2:00 PM 112,075 Views 91 Comments

The businessman had been unable to leave China for almost three years.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 27 January, 2022

Parents expecting baby via surrogate in Ukraine urged to contact Dept, Seanad told
# Surrogacy
# Surrogacy

Parents expecting baby via surrogate in Ukraine urged to contact Dept, Seanad told

Jan 27th 2022, 4:58 PM 19,880 Views 4 Comments

Senator Mary Seery-Kearney said she has been in discussions with Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney about the issues.