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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Saturday 27 July, 2019

Boris Johnson says Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Boris Johnson says Brexit is a 'massive economic opportunity'

Jul 27th 2019, 1:17 PM 22,987 Views 70 Comments

He added it had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as “an impending adverse weather event”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 26 July, 2019

Boris Johnson's Brexit comments 'unhelpful', Coveney says
# Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson's Brexit comments 'unhelpful', Coveney says

Updated Jul 26th 2019, 12:55 PM 36,899 Views 170 Comments

The Tánaiste was meeting with new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith today.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 21 July, 2019

Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all'
# Backstop
# Backstop

Coveney says no-deal Brexit will be 'a disaster for us all'

Updated Jul 21st 2019, 11:10 AM 22,705 Views 97 Comments

The Tánaiste says he and others have worked for three years to avoid such a scenario.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 11 July, 2019

Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours
# Mental Health Services
# Mental Health Services

Psychiatric nurses begin overtime ban as Dáil hears they've been propping up services by working extra hours

Jul 11th 2019, 4:15 PM 11,038 Views 16 Comments

As of 7am this morning, psychiatric nurses have not been carrying out work beyond their contracted hours.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Ireland must prepare for 'ugly truths' of no-deal Brexit, warns Coveney
# Brexit
# Brexit

Ireland must prepare for 'ugly truths' of no-deal Brexit, warns Coveney

Jul 9th 2019, 10:57 AM 18,826 Views 50 Comments

The cabinet will today consider the latest plans to prepare Ireland for the possible consequences of Brexit.

# simon-coveney - Monday 8 July, 2019

Tánaiste warns risk of disorderly Brexit is 'significant'
# No Deal Fears
# No Deal Fears

Tánaiste warns risk of disorderly Brexit is 'significant'

Jul 8th 2019, 8:52 AM 12,433 Views 48 Comments

A detailed update on the government’s contingency planning will be brought before Cabinet tomorrow.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'
# Child Protection
# Child Protection

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'

Jun 20th 2019, 1:14 PM 8,600 Views 0 Comments

Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 15 June, 2019

Boris Johnson may prove a headache for Ireland, but a no-deal Brexit is the real nightmare
# Feeling Blue
# Feeling Blue

Boris Johnson may prove a headache for Ireland, but a no-deal Brexit is the real nightmare

Jun 15th 2019, 7:31 AM 29,443 Views 74 Comments

Past visits by Johnson to Ireland don’t exactly inspire confidence.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 8 June, 2019

Head of Scottish fishing group says Ireland would be 'unwise' to pick fight over Rockall
# Fisheries
# Fisheries

Head of Scottish fishing group says Ireland would be 'unwise' to pick fight over Rockall

Jun 8th 2019, 3:38 PM 60,271 Views 145 Comments

The Irish government said yesterday it rejected Scotland’s warnings of “enforcement action” against Irish fishing vessels.

# simon-coveney - Friday 7 June, 2019

Irish govt rejects Scottish threat of 'enforcement action' against Irish fishing vessels near Rockall
# Ongoing Dispute
# Ongoing Dispute

Irish govt rejects Scottish threat of 'enforcement action' against Irish fishing vessels near Rockall

Jun 7th 2019, 7:30 PM 24,063 Views 60 Comments

The jurisdiction over the 12 mile area around Rockall have long been disputed.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Coveney missing Trump visit as he has 'real work to do' in Belfast
# Donald Takes Doonbeg
# Donald Takes Doonbeg

Coveney missing Trump visit as he has 'real work to do' in Belfast

Jun 5th 2019, 10:48 AM 17,972 Views 85 Comments

The Tánaiste agreed that Trump’s views on climate change were “regressive”.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 26 May, 2019

Taoiseach says general election 'not a prospect in the next couple of days or weeks'
# Ep2019
# Ep2019

Taoiseach says general election 'not a prospect in the next couple of days or weeks'

Updated May 26th 2019, 7:15 PM 28,367 Views 66 Comments

Leo Varadkar said he has no plans call into Aras an Uachtarain in the next couple of days.

# simon-coveney - Friday 24 May, 2019

'Anything is possible now': No-deal Brexit is more likely than ever before, says Tánaiste
# Prepare For The Worst
# Prepare For The Worst

'Anything is possible now': No-deal Brexit is more likely than ever before, says Tánaiste

May 24th 2019, 12:31 PM 18,978 Views 54 Comments

‘We do have to prepare for the worst case,’ said Simon Coveney.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Brexit back on Cabinet agenda as Tánaiste says no-deal Brexit preparations must continue
# It Hasn't Gone Away You Know
# It Hasn't Gone Away You Know

Brexit back on Cabinet agenda as Tánaiste says no-deal Brexit preparations must continue

May 21st 2019, 8:00 AM 5,932 Views 13 Comments

Leo Varadkar is to meet UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Dublin in the next few weeks.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 18 May, 2019

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
# Letters From America
# Letters From America

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US

May 18th 2019, 12:05 AM 27,164 Views 123 Comments

Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 9 May, 2019

'What planet are they living on?': Martin calls out 'farcical' broadband plan, says ESB agency should roll out network
# WiFi
# WiFi

'What planet are they living on?': Martin calls out 'farcical' broadband plan, says ESB agency should roll out network

May 9th 2019, 1:56 PM 25,743 Views 109 Comments

FIanna Fáil says if in power it would set up an agency in the ESB to roll out broadband to rural Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Irish-British deal on Common Travel Area guarantees citizens' rights post-Brexit
# Brexit Side Deal
# Brexit Side Deal

Irish-British deal on Common Travel Area guarantees citizens' rights post-Brexit

May 8th 2019, 3:49 PM 28,717 Views 15 Comments

The Common Travel Area has been in place since 1922.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 27 April, 2019

White House welcomes new talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive
# Power Sharing
# Power Sharing

White House welcomes new talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive

Apr 27th 2019, 9:25 AM 8,049 Views 45 Comments

Talks are set to commence following the local elections in Northern Ireland next week.

# simon-coveney - Friday 26 April, 2019

Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today
# Crunch Time
# Crunch Time

Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today

Apr 26th 2019, 7:20 AM 9,216 Views 39 Comments

The talks are expected to begin after Northern Ireland’s local elections.

# simon-coveney - Monday 22 April, 2019

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand
# Handle The Pressure
# Handle The Pressure

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand

Apr 22nd 2019, 6:30 AM 36,074 Views 24 Comments

It comes as part of the passport reform programme and, despite the rise in complaints in recent years, Coveney is confident it’ll make a difference.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Attorney General postpones trip to Brunei-owned hotel hit with protests over anti-gay laws
# Dorchester Hotel
# Dorchester Hotel

Attorney General postpones trip to Brunei-owned hotel hit with protests over anti-gay laws

Updated Apr 10th 2019, 7:10 PM 18,738 Views 19 Comments

Brunei’s has adopted harsh new sharia laws, including the death penalty for gay sex.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 4 April, 2019

Irish government warned by US authorities on safety fears over Huawei 5G rollout
# Concerns
# Concerns

Irish government warned by US authorities on safety fears over Huawei 5G rollout

Apr 4th 2019, 7:00 PM 53,469 Views 70 Comments

The US has sought to ban the Chinese firm from building 5G infrastructure there over safety and privacy fears.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021

Apr 2nd 2019, 4:30 PM 11,960 Views 44 Comments

RPZ laws were first introduced in December 2016 to address spiraling rents.

# simon-coveney - Monday 25 March, 2019

Coveney says Ireland 'will try to find a way' to bring Lisa Smith home
# Isis
# Isis

Coveney says Ireland 'will try to find a way' to bring Lisa Smith home

Updated Mar 25th 2019, 1:30 PM 70,095 Views 157 Comments

The Dundalk woman told CNN she didn’t know whether or not she’d be imprisoned upon her return to Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 23 March, 2019

If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney
# Brexit
# Brexit

If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney

Mar 23rd 2019, 7:11 PM 9,690 Views 9 Comments

The man tipped to be the next EC president says the UK is ‘infecting’ Europe’s decision-making process..

Donaldson says Ireland should join the Commonwealth, Coveney says it's not on the table
# Brexit
# Brexit

Donaldson says Ireland should join the Commonwealth, Coveney says it's not on the table

Updated Mar 23rd 2019, 5:20 PM 58,022 Views 129 Comments

It had been thought that the DUP were softening their stance towards the draft Brexit deal – until yesterday’s statement.

# simon-coveney - Friday 22 March, 2019

EU Commission, Ireland and the UK 'have thought about' border issue, but no formal discussions
# Simon Coveney
# Simon Coveney

EU Commission, Ireland and the UK 'have thought about' border issue, but no formal discussions

Mar 22nd 2019, 8:21 PM 9,786 Views 37 Comments

Coveney says whether there is a deal or no-deal, the way to resolve the border issue will be some form of regulatory alignment.

Ireland to give over €1 million to Cyclone Idai relief effort as fears death toll could exceed 1,000
# Cyclone Idai
# Cyclone Idai

Ireland to give over €1 million to Cyclone Idai relief effort as fears death toll could exceed 1,000

Mar 22nd 2019, 5:19 PM 9,747 Views 36 Comments

Ireland will contribute at least €1,050,000 to help those most gravely affected by the cyclone.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Theresa May faces battle to get EU to delay Brexit as Juncker says 'we've reached the end of the road'
# Nine Days To Go
# Nine Days To Go

Theresa May faces battle to get EU to delay Brexit as Juncker says 'we've reached the end of the road'

Updated Mar 20th 2019, 9:05 AM 53,841 Views 56 Comments

As the crisis rumbles on, a number of opponents are said to be eyeing up May’s job – including Boris Johnson.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 17 March, 2019

'Offensive and embarrassing': Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside anti-English sign at parade
# England Out
# England Out

'Offensive and embarrassing': Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside anti-English sign at parade

Mar 17th 2019, 11:02 AM 89,877 Views 134 Comments

In response, Sinn Féin said the partition of Ireland is “divisive and offensive”.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 16 March, 2019

More than 230,000 people have applied for Irish passports so far this year
# Travel Plans
# Travel Plans

More than 230,000 people have applied for Irish passports so far this year

Mar 16th 2019, 11:50 AM 17,082 Views 42 Comments

Over 5,000 people are expected to apply this weekend.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 5 March, 2019

New armed Garda unit for border region, but Taoiseach says it would be rolled out even if Brexit wasn't happening
# Cavan
# Cavan

New armed Garda unit for border region, but Taoiseach says it would be rolled out even if Brexit wasn't happening

Mar 5th 2019, 4:27 PM 21,711 Views 30 Comments

Varadkar confirmed today that a third unit is to be located in Cavan.

# simon-coveney - Monday 4 March, 2019

Fine Gael European election candidate says May vote can send 'green jersey' message to Brexiteers
# Mark Durkan
# Mark Durkan

Fine Gael European election candidate says May vote can send 'green jersey' message to Brexiteers

Mar 4th 2019, 6:43 PM 14,264 Views 64 Comments

The former SDLP leader says he knows voting for a Northern Ireland voice is a big ask for Dublin people.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 23 February, 2019

Extradition cases between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit will prove a lot more difficult
# Brexit Prep
# Brexit Prep

Extradition cases between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit will prove a lot more difficult

Feb 23rd 2019, 7:15 AM 7,203 Views 3 Comments

There are concerns that reverting to the old system will cause delays.

Coveney: 'What's the new mega Bill? In simple language, it’s Irish Brexit law'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Coveney: 'What's the new mega Bill? In simple language, it’s Irish Brexit law'

Feb 23rd 2019, 6:15 AM 8,296 Views 15 Comments

The Tánaiste says Ireland will be as ready as we can be for the damage a disorderly Brexit will cause.

# simon-coveney - Friday 22 February, 2019

'Mega bill' provides for all-island electricity, buses and pensions in no-deal Brexit
# No-deal Prep
# No-deal Prep

'Mega bill' provides for all-island electricity, buses and pensions in no-deal Brexit

Feb 22nd 2019, 10:10 AM 35,642 Views 97 Comments

The Tánaiste said that some ministers’ St Patrick’s Day visits abroad could be curtailed as they work on the Brexit legislation.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Simon Coveney says people shouldn't stockpile medicines because of Brexit
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

Simon Coveney says people shouldn't stockpile medicines because of Brexit

Feb 19th 2019, 11:37 AM 10,397 Views 38 Comments

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs was speaking to RTÉ ahead of Cabinet discussions for no-deal Brexit planning.

# simon-coveney - Monday 18 February, 2019

Coveney: 'We are spending hundreds of millions of euro preparing for a no-deal Brexit'
# Brussels Talks
# Brussels Talks

Coveney: 'We are spending hundreds of millions of euro preparing for a no-deal Brexit'

Feb 18th 2019, 8:29 PM 18,910 Views 56 Comments

Coveney met with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 9 February, 2019

Poll: Do you think Ireland is right to support Venezuela's Juan Guaidó?
# Interim President
# Interim President

Poll: Do you think Ireland is right to support Venezuela's Juan Guaidó?

Feb 9th 2019, 9:30 AM 37,169 Views 163 Comments

Other EU countries have backed the young leader as an interim president in the politically unstable country.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Coveney announces Ireland’s support for Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela
# Venezuela
# Venezuela

Coveney announces Ireland’s support for Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela

Feb 6th 2019, 12:47 PM 14,520 Views 126 Comments

Seven EU states had given Maduro a Sunday deadline to call presidential elections.