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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Monday 24 January, 2022

No reason to change plans for Russian missile tests 240km off Irish coast, ambassador says
# Russia
# Russia

No reason to change plans for Russian missile tests 240km off Irish coast, ambassador says

Jan 24th 2022, 6:56 PM 31,827 Views 88 Comments

The Russian ambassador to Ireland said “there are no problems” with the planned military exercises.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 23 January, 2022

Coveney set to speak with Russian ambassador over missile testing in Irish-patrolled waters
# Russian Missiles
# Russian Missiles

Coveney set to speak with Russian ambassador over missile testing in Irish-patrolled waters

Jan 23rd 2022, 4:03 PM 23,003 Views 51 Comments

Minister for State Patrick O’Donovan said that the Foreign Affairs Minister was “not happy”

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 18 January, 2022

Coveney to be asked to appear before committee over department lockdown gathering
# Department Officials
# Department Officials

Coveney to be asked to appear before committee over department lockdown gathering

Jan 18th 2022, 4:20 PM 14,808 Views 37 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has ordered an investigation into a gathering of his officials in June 2020.

# simon-coveney - Monday 17 January, 2022

Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Simon Coveney orders investigation into department lockdown gathering

Jan 17th 2022, 6:41 AM 20,836 Views 0 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has ordered an investigation into a gathering of his officials in June 2020.

# simon-coveney - Friday 14 January, 2022

Coveney says he was told about lockdown-breaking champagne bash 'on night it happened'
# Lockdown Party
# Lockdown Party

Coveney says he was told about lockdown-breaking champagne bash 'on night it happened'

Jan 14th 2022, 6:14 PM 35,832 Views 0 Comments

He has denied attending the bash at the Iveagh House in June 2020, while lockdown measures were in place.

Coveney says he wants deal on Northern Ireland Protocol by end of February
# The North
# The North

Coveney says he wants deal on Northern Ireland Protocol by end of February

Jan 14th 2022, 4:48 PM 8,110 Views 17 Comments

He said he doesn’t want the NI Assembly election in May become dominated by the ‘polarising’ issue.

# simon-coveney - Friday 7 January, 2022

Coveney dodges questions on lockdown-breaking champagne bash at his department
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Coveney dodges questions on lockdown-breaking champagne bash at his department

Jan 7th 2022, 10:26 PM 34,185 Views 0 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister has refused to answer questions about the party held by officials in June 2020.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 16 December, 2021

Coveney and Women of Honour to meet again next month to agree terms of Defence Forces review
# Terms Of Reference
# Terms Of Reference

Coveney and Women of Honour to meet again next month to agree terms of Defence Forces review

Dec 16th 2021, 7:51 PM 6,261 Views 0 Comments

The Defence Minister met today with the women, who allege bullying and sexual harassment within the Defence Forces.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women
# Ambassadors
# Ambassadors

22 new Irish ambassadors and senior diplomats have been approved; 11 are women

Dec 14th 2021, 6:14 PM 23,526 Views 42 Comments

Nine consuls general are also to be appointed in the UK, US, India, Canada and France.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 1 December, 2021

Agreement on protocol before Christmas is ‘unrealistic’, Coveney says
# Northern Ireland Protocol
# Northern Ireland Protocol

Agreement on protocol before Christmas is ‘unrealistic’, Coveney says

Dec 1st 2021, 10:50 PM 14,316 Views 17 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister said some issues could be resolved soon, such as the flow of medicines into Northern Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Monday 29 November, 2021

New centre to help serving and retired Defence Forces personnel opens in Cork
# Personnel Support
# Personnel Support

New centre to help serving and retired Defence Forces personnel opens in Cork

Nov 29th 2021, 7:22 PM 12,178 Views 2 Comments

The new centre is in a refurbished building in Collins Barracks, Cork.

# simon-coveney - Friday 26 November, 2021

Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft
# Kabul Rescue
# Kabul Rescue

Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft

Nov 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,296 Views 57 Comments
  • Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 24 November, 2021

Irish citizens advised to leave Ethiopia 'immediately'
# Irish In Ethiopia
# Irish In Ethiopia

Irish citizens advised to leave Ethiopia 'immediately'

Nov 24th 2021, 4:28 PM 45,545 Views 26 Comments

Ethiopian authorities indicated that the decision was due to Ireland’s position on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis there

# simon-coveney - Monday 22 November, 2021

Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
# Not That I'm Aware Of
# Not That I'm Aware Of

Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial

Nov 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 57,953 Views 0 Comments

Seraph Aviation Group offered two aircraft – which would have been suitable to rescue Irish citizens in Afghanistan.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 11 November, 2021

Ireland in discussions with Biden administration over UK Article 16 plans
# Article 16
# Article 16

Ireland in discussions with Biden administration over UK Article 16 plans

Nov 11th 2021, 6:48 PM 17,113 Views 9 Comments

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he had spoken with senior advisors to US President Biden this week.

Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal
# Donegal
# Donegal

Simon Coveney: Families to be provided with full report into Donegal care home abuse scandal

Nov 11th 2021, 4:56 PM 6,251 Views 0 Comments

The report’s publication has been delayed following a dispute between the HSE, gardaí and the report’s authors.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 10 November, 2021

UN experts warn Burials Bill may 'create obstacles' to examining deaths at Mother & Baby Homes
# Tuam
# Tuam

UN experts warn Burials Bill may 'create obstacles' to examining deaths at Mother & Baby Homes

Nov 10th 2021, 5:19 PM 15,509 Views 11 Comments

The proposed legislation raises “serious concerns in relation to the State’s compliance with its international legal obligations”, the groups note.

# simon-coveney - Monday 8 November, 2021

Michael Collins' diaries of daily life have been loaned to the State by his family
# Michael Collins
# Michael Collins

Michael Collins' diaries of daily life have been loaned to the State by his family

Nov 8th 2021, 8:20 PM 22,905 Views 15 Comments

The diaries cover Collins’ day-to-day life, spanning the Civil War and the foundation of the State

# simon-coveney - Sunday 7 November, 2021

EU could set aside Brexit trade deal if UK suspends NI Protocol, Coveney warns
# Article 16
# Article 16

EU could set aside Brexit trade deal if UK suspends NI Protocol, Coveney warns

Nov 7th 2021, 7:34 PM 30,936 Views 25 Comments

Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister criticised the UK Government’s approach to negotiations on the Irish Sea trade arrangements.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 4 November, 2021

Opinion: I could face 15 years in prison if stopped by Israeli border patrol on my way home to Cork

Opinion: I could face 15 years in prison if stopped by Israeli border patrol on my way home to Cork

Nov 4th 2021, 7:00 PM 40,782 Views 47 Comments

Cork woman Dr Susan Power, a human rights lawyer, asks Simon Coveney to advocate for six NGOs designated as terrorist organisations by Israel.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

Simon Coveney to raise settlement and evictions during Israel-Palestine trip
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney to raise settlement and evictions during Israel-Palestine trip

Nov 2nd 2021, 6:00 AM 8,298 Views 22 Comments

The Minister for Foreign Affairs will meet with UN officials and civil society groups during four-day Middle East trip.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 27 October, 2021

Coveney 'concerned' over Israel's labelling of Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organisations
# Palestine
# Palestine

Coveney 'concerned' over Israel's labelling of Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organisations

Oct 27th 2021, 12:21 PM 13,146 Views 36 Comments

The EU is seeking clarification from Israeli authorities

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 13 October, 2021

'No decision' yet on lifting Covid measures as Taoiseach cites 'wrong turn' in virus trajectory
# Reopening
# Reopening

'No decision' yet on lifting Covid measures as Taoiseach cites 'wrong turn' in virus trajectory

Updated Oct 13th 2021, 6:35 PM 75,962 Views 130 Comments

A meeting of senior officials this afternoon heard that Ireland’s Covid-19 situation has taken an unexpected turn.

'Constitutional republican' Jack Chambers attending NI service 'to build on peace and reconciliation'
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

'Constitutional republican' Jack Chambers attending NI service 'to build on peace and reconciliation'

Oct 13th 2021, 5:53 PM 18,757 Views 54 Comments

The Fianna Fáil MInister of State is to attend the event with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

Tánaiste warns other countries about doing deals with UK until 'they can keep their promises'
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste warns other countries about doing deals with UK until 'they can keep their promises'

Oct 13th 2021, 1:08 PM 24,858 Views 44 Comments

The Tanaiste said comments from Dominic Cummings indicate Boris Johnson’s administration ‘acted in bad faith’.

# simon-coveney - Monday 11 October, 2021

Coveney says UK dismisses EU's protocol proposals 'over and over again'
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Coveney says UK dismisses EU's protocol proposals 'over and over again'

Updated Oct 11th 2021, 2:14 PM 25,062 Views 36 Comments

His comments comes after Coveney questioned if the UK wants “a breakdown in relations” with the European Union.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 10 October, 2021

Coveney questions if UK Government wants ‘breakdown in relations’ with EU
# Twitter Spat
# Twitter Spat

Coveney questions if UK Government wants ‘breakdown in relations’ with EU

Oct 10th 2021, 11:04 AM 26,962 Views 27 Comments

Coveney accused the UK of creating new red-lines by calling for removal of European Court of Justice from Northern Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Coveney and Chambers to represent Government at Northern Ireland centenary service
# The North
# The North

Coveney and Chambers to represent Government at Northern Ireland centenary service

Oct 7th 2021, 9:22 PM 22,680 Views 91 Comments

Last month, President Michael D Higgins announced he had declined his invitation.

Dozens more Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan
# Doha
# Doha

Dozens more Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan

Updated Oct 7th 2021, 9:01 AM 15,870 Views 15 Comments

The 15 citizens and 10 dependents travelled from Kabul to Doha on a specially organised flight with the support of Qatar.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 3 October, 2021

Varadkar and Coveney pushing to get J1 visa programme reinstated for summer 2022
# Rite Of Passage
# Rite Of Passage

Varadkar and Coveney pushing to get J1 visa programme reinstated for summer 2022

Oct 3rd 2021, 6:45 AM 13,931 Views 12 Comments

The J1 summer visa programme was suspended in response to Covid-19.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

'Urgent' independent review to be carried out into abuse experienced in the Defence Forces
# Women Of Honour
# Women Of Honour

'Urgent' independent review to be carried out into abuse experienced in the Defence Forces

Sep 28th 2021, 7:07 PM 7,668 Views 5 Comments

Women have alleged they were sexually assaulted and discriminated against while serving in the Irish Defence Forces.

# simon-coveney - Friday 24 September, 2021

Taoiseach 'concerned' about Christmas delivery delays due to Brexit
# Christmas Shopping
# Christmas Shopping

Taoiseach 'concerned' about Christmas delivery delays due to Brexit

Sep 24th 2021, 6:50 PM 18,723 Views 27 Comments

Irish shoppers are being advised to start planning their Christmas purchases as soon as they can.

# 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

Sep 23rd 2021, 8:00 PM 20,928 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

Sep 23rd 2021, 6:26 PM 11,417 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 9,379 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 27,036 Views 35 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 34,436 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 69,944 Views 72 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 75,124 Views 149 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 13,243 Views 44 Comments

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