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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Saturday 4 September, 2021

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 32,514 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 10,699 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 68,886 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 42,540 Views 116 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 109,923 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 7,605 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 28,782 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 35,703 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 23,015 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 95,917 Views 148 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 49,394 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 30,261 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 60,173 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 13,572 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 8,859 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 73,410 Views 74 Comments

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

Political pressure grows for live music roadmap by end of August
# Live Events
# Live Events

Political pressure grows for live music roadmap by end of August

Aug 19th 2021, 3:05 PM 10,017 Views 25 Comments

Simon Coveney said today that the sector would have more certainty soon.

# simon-coveney - Monday 16 August, 2021

No decision yet on Katherine Zappone replacement - Coveney
# Merriongate
# Merriongate

No decision yet on Katherine Zappone replacement - Coveney

Aug 16th 2021, 5:57 PM 14,005 Views 30 Comments

He acknowledged that mistakes were made in the appointment of the former children’s minister as a UN special envoy.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 5 August, 2021

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister can't say if UN job offered to Zappone will be filled
# Freedom Of Expression
# Freedom Of Expression

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister can't say if UN job offered to Zappone will be filled

Updated Aug 5th 2021, 4:38 PM 15,316 Views 21 Comments

The DFA has said a decision on the next steps will not be taken until next month.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 1 August, 2021

Outgoing head of Defence Forces says Government cuts to military have caused 'frustration'
# Vice Admiral Mark Mellett
# Vice Admiral Mark Mellett

Outgoing head of Defence Forces says Government cuts to military have caused 'frustration'

Aug 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 37,352 Views 31 Comments
  • Vice Admiral Mark Mellett is set to retire in the coming months from his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.
  • In a wide-ranging interview Mellett spoke at length about funding difficulties.
  • He also believes that the future of defence lies in a combination of cyber and traditional roles.

# simon-coveney - Friday 30 July, 2021

Fianna Fáil Senator says Zappone should turn down UN special envoy offer
# Freedom Of Expression
# Freedom Of Expression

Fianna Fáil Senator says Zappone should turn down UN special envoy offer

Updated Jul 30th 2021, 9:30 PM 46,412 Views 105 Comments

The former minister is to be made a UN envoy.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 29 July, 2021

Eamon Ryan says despite process 'misgivings', Katherine Zappone will make 'excellent' envoy
# Cabinet Approval
# Cabinet Approval

Eamon Ryan says despite process 'misgivings', Katherine Zappone will make 'excellent' envoy

Jul 29th 2021, 10:30 AM 15,137 Views 53 Comments

The Taoiseach would not be drawn today on whether the job was Zappone’s idea.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy

Jul 28th 2021, 12:40 PM 57,002 Views 124 Comments

Varadkar said Zappone approached Coveney about the position.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Report into UN battle recommends medal for Jadotville commander but not for 33 other Irish troops
# Jadotville
# Jadotville

Report into UN battle recommends medal for Jadotville commander but not for 33 other Irish troops

Jul 15th 2021, 7:33 PM 27,230 Views 41 Comments

In 1961 a detachment of 158 Irish troops fought a force of 5,000 Katanganese troops while on UN duty in Congo.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 6 July, 2021

Ireland pledges €1 million to help 'poorest and most vulnerable' Lebanon households
# Poverty
# Poverty

Ireland pledges €1 million to help 'poorest and most vulnerable' Lebanon households

Jul 6th 2021, 6:05 PM 10,899 Views 23 Comments

Lebanon is facing “enormous challenges”, Minister Simon Coveney said.

# simon-coveney - Monday 5 July, 2021

Coveney visits Irish troops serving with United Nations in Lebanon
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

Coveney visits Irish troops serving with United Nations in Lebanon

Updated Jul 5th 2021, 8:50 PM 28,871 Views 44 Comments

He will also meet with political leaders, including the Defence Minister and acting Foreign Affairs Minister.

# simon-coveney - Friday 25 June, 2021

Pop up recruitment centre in Dublin tomorrow for Naval Service to find 200 recruits so ships can go to sea
# Navy
# Navy

Pop up recruitment centre in Dublin tomorrow for Naval Service to find 200 recruits so ships can go to sea

Jun 25th 2021, 6:05 PM 41,460 Views 49 Comments

Minister Coveney has admitted that the Naval Service urgently needs 200 new sailors so that ships can sail from their Cork base.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 24 June, 2021

Ireland listening to those with ‘real concerns’ over Protocol, Coveney says
# Protocol
# Protocol

Ireland listening to those with ‘real concerns’ over Protocol, Coveney says

Jun 24th 2021, 9:24 PM 10,301 Views 15 Comments

Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister said he hopes progress will be made in the sausage war trade dispute between the UK and the EU.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 16 June, 2021

Ireland to send ventilators and defibrillators to help Nepal fight Covid-19
# Nepal
# Nepal

Ireland to send ventilators and defibrillators to help Nepal fight Covid-19

Jun 16th 2021, 6:26 PM 9,151 Views 8 Comments

Oxygen concentrators, ventilators, defibrillators and PPE are among some of the equipment to be donated.

# simon-coveney - Monday 14 June, 2021

Cabinet to consider doubling home quarantine to ten days for unvaccinated people travelling from Britain to Ireland
# Travel
# Travel

Cabinet to consider doubling home quarantine to ten days for unvaccinated people travelling from Britain to Ireland

Jun 14th 2021, 1:05 PM 26,752 Views 50 Comments

The tougher restrictions will only apply to those that have not had two doses of a vaccine.

# simon-coveney - Friday 4 June, 2021

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'
# Dup Leader
# Dup Leader

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 8:02 AM 64,516 Views 91 Comments

The Taoiseach says the two party leaders had “an open exchange of view” this evening.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 3 June, 2021

Simon Coveney’s weekend visit shows the need for Irish journalists in China
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Simon Coveney’s weekend visit shows the need for Irish journalists in China

Jun 3rd 2021, 9:00 PM 14,347 Views 12 Comments

Dublin has been strengthening ties with Beijing for years – but who is getting to tell the story?

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Government to table 'strongly-worded' Dáil motion on Belarus today
# Dáil
# Dáil

Government to table 'strongly-worded' Dáil motion on Belarus today

Jun 1st 2021, 6:30 AM 6,980 Views 16 Comments

There has been a growing diplomatic row after Belarus diverted a Ryanair civilian plane and arrested an opposition journalist.

# simon-coveney - Friday 28 May, 2021

Simon Coveney is travelling to China this weekend - and so are three other European foreign ministers
# Diplomatic Push
# Diplomatic Push

Simon Coveney is travelling to China this weekend - and so are three other European foreign ministers

May 28th 2021, 5:57 PM 19,636 Views 43 Comments

Coveney last visited China in 2018.

Newly ratified DUP leader Edwin Poots hits out at Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney
# Brexit Hangover
# Brexit Hangover

Newly ratified DUP leader Edwin Poots hits out at Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney

May 28th 2021, 7:30 AM 63,453 Views 129 Comments

Poots has described his relationship with the Irish Government as “really, really bad”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General

May 25th 2021, 8:30 PM 33,616 Views 51 Comments

Major-General Maureen O’Brien’s appointment to this rank was described as a “great source of pride for the Defence Forces” by Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Monday 24 May, 2021

Von Der Leyen promises sanctions for Belarus over diverted flight as detained activist appears in video
# Roman Protasevich
# Roman Protasevich

Von Der Leyen promises sanctions for Belarus over diverted flight as detained activist appears in video

Updated May 24th 2021, 7:48 PM 95,654 Views 127 Comments
  • Journalist Roman Protasevich was detained on Sunday after the flight was diverted to Minsk
  • Micheál Martin said the incident was "a state-sponsored coercive act" and "absolutely unacceptable"
  • It is suspected that KGB agents were present on the Ryanair flight
Michael O'Leary says diversion of Ryanair plane was 'state-sponsored hijacking'
# Minsk
# Minsk

Michael O'Leary says diversion of Ryanair plane was 'state-sponsored hijacking'

May 24th 2021, 9:20 AM 51,312 Views 28 Comments

O’Leary also said it appears there were some KGB agents on board the flight.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 May, 2021

NI Protocol port checks could be reduced by 80%, Simon Coveney says
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

NI Protocol port checks could be reduced by 80%, Simon Coveney says

May 20th 2021, 9:09 PM 17,040 Views 16 Comments

Coveney said that option is within the confines of the protocol if the UK agree to a common approach to standards.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

Ireland to provide €1.5 million in emergency support for people in Gaza Strip
# Palestine
# Palestine

Ireland to provide €1.5 million in emergency support for people in Gaza Strip

May 19th 2021, 10:35 PM 19,293 Views 26 Comments

At least 227 Palestinians have been killed in the latest round of conflict between Israel and Hamas.