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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Friday 5 February, 2021

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month

Feb 5th 2021, 6:45 AM 24,001 Views 0 Comments

It has been claimed that the media was told not to cover the minister’s trip last month.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'
# The Protocol
# The Protocol

Boris Johnson to consider invoking Article 16 to stop 'barrier down Irish Sea'

Updated Feb 3rd 2021, 1:15 PM 59,780 Views 96 Comments

Post-Brexit inspections on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain have been suspended amid concerns over the safety of officials.

# simon-coveney - Monday 1 February, 2021

Commission decision to invoke Article 16 without consulting Irish government 'extraordinary'
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

Commission decision to invoke Article 16 without consulting Irish government 'extraordinary'

Feb 1st 2021, 11:55 AM 31,239 Views 88 Comments
  • Coveney says the Commission's move was a "costly mistake"
  • NI First Minister Arlene Foster accuses the Commission of committing an 'act of hostility'

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 January, 2021

Incomplete haulier paperwork still causing headaches and delays at Irish ports, Cabinet told
# Brexit
# Brexit

Incomplete haulier paperwork still causing headaches and delays at Irish ports, Cabinet told

Jan 19th 2021, 6:46 PM 10,998 Views 25 Comments

The State is to fund antigen tests for truck drivers travelling to France.

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 December, 2020

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%
# Department Of Foreign Affairs
# Department Of Foreign Affairs

Number of Irish passports issued this year fell by 60%

Dec 28th 2020, 6:10 AM 18,642 Views 14 Comments

The most popular baby girls’ names were Olivia, Mia and Saoirse, while Noah, Adam and Cillian topped the baby boys’ list.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 27 December, 2020

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney: 'Ireland has defended itself against the vulnerabilities Brexit forced upon us'

Dec 27th 2020, 6:30 AM 23,202 Views 30 Comments

The EU and the UK published full 1,246-page text of the treaty yesterday.

# simon-coveney - Friday 25 December, 2020

Over 65,000 US troops passed through Shannon Airport this year
# US Military
# US Military

Over 65,000 US troops passed through Shannon Airport this year

Dec 25th 2020, 8:30 AM 15,067 Views 53 Comments

Independent TD Catherine Connolly has said that “it is not possible to promote peace if we are facilitating war”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

Man convicted of murder of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon in 1980
# Beirut
# Beirut

Man convicted of murder of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon in 1980

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:27 AM 30,893 Views 10 Comments

Private Thomas Barrett and Private Derek Smallhorne were killed while on a peacekeeping mission over 40 years ago.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 15 December, 2020

Cabinet approves setting up Defence Forces Commission to examine issues like recruitment and pay
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Cabinet approves setting up Defence Forces Commission to examine issues like recruitment and pay

Dec 15th 2020, 6:08 PM 12,873 Views 13 Comments

“This is about modernising Irish Defence infrastructure and making sure that it’s fit for purpose,” Defence Minister Simon Coveney said.

# simon-coveney - Friday 11 December, 2020

Boris Johnson warns no deal is 'very very likely' while Coveney says agreement is still possible
# Brexit
# Brexit

Boris Johnson warns no deal is 'very very likely' while Coveney says agreement is still possible

Updated Dec 11th 2020, 7:40 PM 28,611 Views 61 Comments

Boris Johnson said he was “hopeful” that progress could be made before Sunday.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Coveney in Berlin tomorrow to mark handover of UN Security Council membership to Ireland
# Handover
# Handover

Coveney in Berlin tomorrow to mark handover of UN Security Council membership to Ireland

Dec 10th 2020, 9:40 PM 14,390 Views 20 Comments

Ireland will take its seat on the Council on 1 January 2021.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 3 December, 2020

‘Good chance’ of Brexit trade deal in coming days, Coveney says
# Brexit
# Brexit

‘Good chance’ of Brexit trade deal in coming days, Coveney says

Updated Dec 3rd 2020, 1:39 PM 18,137 Views 23 Comments

Simon Coveney met European leaders in Paris today.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says
# Brexit
# Brexit

UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says

Dec 2nd 2020, 10:00 PM 17,855 Views 35 Comments

The British government is poised to reintroduce elements of its controversial Internal Market Bill next week,

# simon-coveney - Monday 30 November, 2020

Coveney: We've been saying it for a while but THIS is the key week in Brexit talks
# Now Or Never
# Now Or Never

Coveney: We've been saying it for a while but THIS is the key week in Brexit talks

Nov 30th 2020, 9:20 AM 9,508 Views 9 Comments

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that there was ‘a deal to be done’.

# simon-coveney - Monday 16 November, 2020

UK demands 'more realism' from European Union as Brexit talks tick towards deadline in Brussels
# Brexit
# Brexit

UK demands 'more realism' from European Union as Brexit talks tick towards deadline in Brussels

Updated Nov 16th 2020, 10:12 PM 39,029 Views 26 Comments

Chief British negotiator David Frost says he and his team are working hard for an agreement.

New Irish consulate covering north of England to open in Manchester
# Irish Consulate
# Irish Consulate

New Irish consulate covering north of England to open in Manchester

Nov 16th 2020, 7:04 AM 15,868 Views 9 Comments

Ireland already has an embassy in London and consulates general in Edinburgh and Cardiff.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Coveney: No Brexit deal if UK allowed to break international law
# Trade Agreement
# Trade Agreement

Coveney: No Brexit deal if UK allowed to break international law

Nov 15th 2020, 12:07 PM 27,991 Views 39 Comments

Simon Coveney has called for a ‘dialling down’ of rhetoric during Brexit talks.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 12 November, 2020

DFA helped over 8,000 Irish citizens come home from 126 countries during pandemic
# Wild Geese
# Wild Geese

DFA helped over 8,000 Irish citizens come home from 126 countries during pandemic

Nov 12th 2020, 5:36 PM 19,577 Views 14 Comments

Simon Coveney said the pandemic “left no corner of the globe untouched”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Coveney pays tribute to top Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat who has died aged 65
# Saeb Erekat
# Saeb Erekat

Coveney pays tribute to top Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat who has died aged 65

Nov 10th 2020, 12:06 PM 7,929 Views 2 Comments

Erekat had been a prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for three decades.

# simon-coveney - Monday 9 November, 2020

Coveney: Biden victory could give Downing Street 'pause for thought' as Brexit talks near end
# Brexit
# Brexit

Coveney: Biden victory could give Downing Street 'pause for thought' as Brexit talks near end

Nov 9th 2020, 9:37 AM 21,682 Views 31 Comments

Coveney described Biden as a “real friend to Ireland” who has made clear his position on the Good Friday Agreement.

# simon-coveney - Friday 6 November, 2020

Coveney says Israel's destruction of Palestinian village a 'brutal and violent act'
# West Bank
# West Bank

Coveney says Israel's destruction of Palestinian village a 'brutal and violent act'

Nov 6th 2020, 1:44 PM 22,679 Views 47 Comments

Israel’s army demolished the homes of nearly 80 Palestinian Bedouins in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 4 November, 2020

‘Very serious’ gaps remain between UK and EU positions in trade talks
# Brexit
# Brexit

‘Very serious’ gaps remain between UK and EU positions in trade talks

Nov 4th 2020, 11:04 PM 16,902 Views 5 Comments

Time is running short for a deal to be in place before the transition period expires at the end of the year.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Coveney restricting movements after attending same meeting as positive minister in Luxembourg
# RoundTable
# RoundTable

Coveney restricting movements after attending same meeting as positive minister in Luxembourg

Oct 17th 2020, 6:29 PM 40,789 Views 48 Comments

Coveney tested negative for Covid-19 earlier this week and plans to be tested again next week.

# simon-coveney - Friday 9 October, 2020

Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding
# Cross Border
# Cross Border

Simon Coveney: UK has given assurance that there is no block of Covid-19 Northern Ireland funding

Oct 9th 2020, 10:11 AM 13,467 Views 20 Comments

Coveney said that he was told by Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis that “finance from London shouldn’t be a problem”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Simon Coveney says it'll be a ‘failure of politics’ if UK pushes through Brexit Bill
# Brexit Bill
# Brexit Bill

Simon Coveney says it'll be a ‘failure of politics’ if UK pushes through Brexit Bill

Oct 7th 2020, 2:50 PM 13,546 Views 14 Comments

Simon Coveney believes the Internal Market Bill is a negotiating tactic that has backfired.

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 September, 2020

US will protect the Good Friday Agreement, Special Envoy to NI says
# Mick Mulvaney
# Mick Mulvaney

US will protect the Good Friday Agreement, Special Envoy to NI says

Updated Sep 28th 2020, 5:26 PM 35,792 Views 18 Comments

Mulvaney, the former Chief of Staff to US President Donald Trump, took up the role of Special Envoy in March.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Simon Coveney to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels to discuss 'challenging' Brexit developments
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels to discuss 'challenging' Brexit developments

Sep 22nd 2020, 8:24 AM 15,703 Views 16 Comments

Coveney has said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has Ireland’s full support.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 13 September, 2020

Simon Coveney says UK suggestion that EU would 'blockade' food to Northern Ireland is 'spin and not true'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney says UK suggestion that EU would 'blockade' food to Northern Ireland is 'spin and not true'

Sep 13th 2020, 10:05 AM 52,821 Views 91 Comments

“Britain is behaving in an extraordinary way and the British people need to know that,” Coveney said on the BBC.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

'This is not a drill': Big national effort needed in the next three months to prepare for Brexit
# Brexit
# Brexit

'This is not a drill': Big national effort needed in the next three months to prepare for Brexit

Updated Sep 9th 2020, 3:52 PM 23,959 Views 15 Comments

The action plan outlines the vital preparations that businesses should be taking in advance of 31 December.

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations
# Brexit Pressure
# Brexit Pressure

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations

Sep 9th 2020, 11:58 AM 16,955 Views 19 Comments

The Taoiseach says the UK government’s actions ‘does not build trust’.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

UK calls for ‘more realism’ from Brussels ahead of crunch round of negotiations
# Trade
# Trade

UK calls for ‘more realism’ from Brussels ahead of crunch round of negotiations

Sep 8th 2020, 7:02 AM 12,537 Views 12 Comments

Trade talks will resume in London today.

Coveney bringing 'significant' Brexit memo to Cabinet on trade preparations
# Brexit
# Brexit

Coveney bringing 'significant' Brexit memo to Cabinet on trade preparations

Sep 8th 2020, 6:10 AM 14,369 Views 11 Comments

Today’s Cabinet meeting is set to be dominated about Brexit.

# simon-coveney - Monday 7 September, 2020

NI protocol must be honoured, pro-Remain parties say amid reports UK 'plans to rip up Brexit Agreement'
# Brexit
# Brexit

NI protocol must be honoured, pro-Remain parties say amid reports UK 'plans to rip up Brexit Agreement'

Updated Sep 7th 2020, 10:30 PM 95,176 Views 122 Comments

Political leaders have described the reported plans as a “treacherous betrayal” by “charlatans”.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Coalition leaders to resume talks on Phil Hogan's replacement
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

Coalition leaders to resume talks on Phil Hogan's replacement

Sep 1st 2020, 7:40 AM 12,870 Views 23 Comments

A number of high-profile names are in the mix.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar rules himself out of taking over EU Commissioner job
# Top Job
# Top Job

Leo Varadkar rules himself out of taking over EU Commissioner job

Aug 27th 2020, 2:51 PM 30,116 Views 54 Comments

There is a lot of interest in the trade commissioner job – and the knock on vacancies that might arise.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Coveney labels violence against Belarus protesters 'unacceptable' as opposition leader flees to Lithuania
# Statement
# Statement

Coveney labels violence against Belarus protesters 'unacceptable' as opposition leader flees to Lithuania

Aug 11th 2020, 7:24 PM 13,313 Views 35 Comments

One demonstrator was killed last night during protests against election results in the country.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 30 July, 2020

'No mystery': Tánaiste says Foreign Affairs Minister always needs Garda transport when travelling to NI
# Security Protocol
# Security Protocol

'No mystery': Tánaiste says Foreign Affairs Minister always needs Garda transport when travelling to NI

Updated Jul 30th 2020, 12:44 PM 44,843 Views 110 Comments

Varadkar said it hasn’t been an issue because usually the Tánaiste also hold the position of Foreign Affairs Minister.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car
# Top Gear
# Top Gear

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car

Jul 29th 2020, 9:32 PM 46,580 Views 65 Comments

Labour leader Alan Kelly attacked the government over the issue in the Dáil today.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Coveney expresses concern to Mike Pompeo and Israeli foreign minister about annexation plans
# Palestine
# Palestine

Coveney expresses concern to Mike Pompeo and Israeli foreign minister about annexation plans

Jul 28th 2020, 7:31 PM 16,411 Views 35 Comments

Israel’s plan to redraw the map has come under fierce international criticism.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Taoiseach says it's 'impossible' to enforce mandatory quarantine for people arriving in Ireland
# Green List
# Green List

Taoiseach says it's 'impossible' to enforce mandatory quarantine for people arriving in Ireland

Updated Jul 22nd 2020, 1:45 PM 71,958 Views 162 Comments

He said people travelling from outside the green list countries should restrict their movements.