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#Simon Coveney

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

Simon Coveney is travelling to the US today - this is what he'll be up to
# Washington
# Washington

Simon Coveney is travelling to the US today - this is what he'll be up to

Feb 5th 2019, 5:04 PM 11,895 Views 21 Comments

He’ll be meeting with Mike Pompeo, along with launching a new government strategy for the US and Canada.

Theresa May to give Brexit speech in Northern Ireland today
# Brexit
# Brexit

Theresa May to give Brexit speech in Northern Ireland today

Feb 5th 2019, 6:20 AM 9,216 Views 21 Comments

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said no alternatives to the backstop have stood up to scrutiny.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 3 February, 2019

'One of the loudest voices against an indefinite backstop': What's Dominic Raab up to?
# Brexit
# Brexit

'One of the loudest voices against an indefinite backstop': What's Dominic Raab up to?

Feb 3rd 2019, 8:30 AM 29,078 Views 28 Comments

From his review of the Good Friday Agreement to sparring with Irish journalists on Twitter, it’s been an interesting week for Mr Raab.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 31 January, 2019

'Pure spoof': Government rubbishes Dominic Raab claims that Taoiseach leaked to media about him
# Brexit
# Brexit

'Pure spoof': Government rubbishes Dominic Raab claims that Taoiseach leaked to media about him

Jan 31st 2019, 10:22 AM 30,983 Views 39 Comments

The former UK Brexit secretary said he was ‘misrepresented’ to the media by Leo Varadkar.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 30 January, 2019

Coveney: London's latest tactic is like saying 'give me what I want or I'll jump out the window'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Coveney: London's latest tactic is like saying 'give me what I want or I'll jump out the window'

Jan 30th 2019, 11:01 AM 30,700 Views 54 Comments

Meanwhile, Dominic Raab told a British committee that they needed to find “a ladder for the Irish government to climb down”.

# simon-coveney - Monday 28 January, 2019

Boris Johnson suggests Theresa May planning Brexit fightback with 'freedom clause'
# Brexit
# Brexit

Boris Johnson suggests Theresa May planning Brexit fightback with 'freedom clause'

Jan 28th 2019, 8:19 AM 57,799 Views 37 Comments

Theresa May is preparing for another showdown with the House of Commons tomorrow night.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 27 January, 2019

Number of complaints against Passport Service increases almost fivefold in two years
# Turnaround Times
# Turnaround Times

Number of complaints against Passport Service increases almost fivefold in two years

Jan 27th 2019, 7:30 AM 19,919 Views 32 Comments

Coveney has previously said the Passport Office experienced some “real problems” last year.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain
# Occupied Territories
# Occupied Territories

Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain

Updated Jan 24th 2019, 2:00 PM 35,242 Views 121 Comments

The government lost by 75 votes to 45 votes, with three abstentions.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Concerns over Israeli embassy closing down over Occupied Territories Bill 'an overreaction' say FF
# Trade Rules
# Trade Rules

Concerns over Israeli embassy closing down over Occupied Territories Bill 'an overreaction' say FF

Jan 23rd 2019, 2:39 PM 21,650 Views 159 Comments

Government is likely to lose vote over legislation that would prohibit the purchase of goods or services produced in all settlements deemed illegal.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Ireland to intensify preparations for a disorderly Brexit
# Commons Vote
# Commons Vote

Ireland to intensify preparations for a disorderly Brexit

Jan 15th 2019, 10:01 PM 15,493 Views 56 Comments

A Government statement said it regretted the outcome of tonight’s House of Commons vote.

Harris tells public and pharmacies NOT to stockpile medicines for no-deal Brexit
# No Deal
# No Deal

Harris tells public and pharmacies NOT to stockpile medicines for no-deal Brexit

Jan 15th 2019, 7:50 PM 14,013 Views 24 Comments

The Irish government published contingency plans on medicines, transport and the Common Travel Area.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

US preclearance at Dublin and Shannon to be beefed up ahead of the summer
# Heading Stateside
# Heading Stateside

US preclearance at Dublin and Shannon to be beefed up ahead of the summer

Jan 9th 2019, 6:02 PM 22,464 Views 17 Comments

Dublin and Shannon are currently the only preclearance locations in Europe.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Leas Ceann Comhairle makes 'no apologies' for assisting constituents to get passports
# Fast-tracking
# Fast-tracking

Leas Ceann Comhairle makes 'no apologies' for assisting constituents to get passports

Jan 8th 2019, 6:21 PM 23,052 Views 47 Comments

Simon Coveney recently criticised TDs who use their offices for getting passports for constituents.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 5 January, 2019

Tánaiste says TDs using their offices for passport deliveries is 'unhelpful'
# CONSTITUENTS
# CONSTITUENTS

Tánaiste says TDs using their offices for passport deliveries is 'unhelpful'

Jan 5th 2019, 8:57 PM 27,033 Views 28 Comments

Coveney insisted it is not quicker for people to go through their TD compared with applying online or through the normal channels.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers
# International Relations
# International Relations

Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers

Jan 3rd 2019, 6:15 AM 6,659 Views 45 Comments

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners
# Austerity Measure
# Austerity Measure

'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners

Jan 2nd 2019, 11:00 PM 29,214 Views 94 Comments

Free passports for pensioners were done away with under austerity measures, but there are calls now to bring it back.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Mumbai, Cardiff and LA: 10 new embassies to open this year to tap into new markets
# IRISH FOOTPRINT
# IRISH FOOTPRINT

Mumbai, Cardiff and LA: 10 new embassies to open this year to tap into new markets

Jan 1st 2019, 6:15 AM 9,591 Views 15 Comments

The Tánaiste also defended the costly practice of leasing properties abroad, rather than buying property.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 30 December, 2018

Coveney says talking about a united Ireland as part of Brexit debate is 'hugely unhelpful'
# Border Poll
# Border Poll

Coveney says talking about a united Ireland as part of Brexit debate is 'hugely unhelpful'

Dec 30th 2018, 12:13 PM 30,192 Views 89 Comments

The Tánaiste said the issue could “create an even more divisive debate and atmosphere in Northern Ireland, which is the last thing we need”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 28 December, 2018

Fine Gael will seek Labour and Greens support as future government partners, as Leo fails to rule out 2019 election
# Election 2019?
# Election 2019?

Fine Gael will seek Labour and Greens support as future government partners, as Leo fails to rule out 2019 election

Dec 28th 2018, 6:00 AM 11,037 Views 40 Comments

Fine Gael says it’s aiming to take over 60 seats in the next general election.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 27 December, 2018

'I tell friends back home all the time that they should come over': Visa extension set to boost Irish-Australian migration
# To And Fro
# To And Fro

'I tell friends back home all the time that they should come over': Visa extension set to boost Irish-Australian migration

Dec 27th 2018, 9:00 AM 29,588 Views 24 Comments

We spoke to the Irish community in Australia, and the Australian community in Ireland, to find out the effect new visa changes will have.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Coveney announces further €2 million of government funding for Palestinian people
# Humanitarian Aid
# Humanitarian Aid

Coveney announces further €2 million of government funding for Palestinian people

Dec 22nd 2018, 10:33 AM 15,820 Views 164 Comments

Ireland’s total funding to Palestinian people this year amounted to €15.38 million.

# simon-coveney - Friday 21 December, 2018

'I can't allow Ireland to be blamed here': Coveney says some UK politicians need reminder of Irish history
# Backstop
# Backstop

'I can't allow Ireland to be blamed here': Coveney says some UK politicians need reminder of Irish history

Dec 21st 2018, 1:57 PM 97,765 Views 124 Comments

The Tánaiste said today it would be foolish to focus on any other solution to the border issue than the backstop.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 December, 2018

'A lot of questions to be answered': Reaction over government's no-deal Brexit plan
# No Deal Plan
# No Deal Plan

'A lot of questions to be answered': Reaction over government's no-deal Brexit plan

Updated Dec 20th 2018, 10:43 AM 19,415 Views 48 Comments

The Irish government yesterday published its preparations thus far for a no-deal Brexit.

Poll: Do you think Ireland is ready for a no-deal Brexit?
# Deal Or No Deal
# Deal Or No Deal

Poll: Do you think Ireland is ready for a no-deal Brexit?

Dec 20th 2018, 8:30 AM 25,710 Views 74 Comments

The Irish government has published its plans – but it has no provisions for a hard border with Northern Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

'A sobering read': Here's the Irish government's no-deal Brexit plan
# Brexit Ready
# Brexit Ready

'A sobering read': Here's the Irish government's no-deal Brexit plan

Dec 19th 2018, 9:31 PM 88,871 Views 96 Comments

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that this was a “damage-limiting exercise”.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 16 December, 2018

A UK newspaper said that Theresa May 'loathes' Leo Varadkar, but Simon Coveney says it's 'nonsense'
# Across The Water
# Across The Water

A UK newspaper said that Theresa May 'loathes' Leo Varadkar, but Simon Coveney says it's 'nonsense'

Dec 16th 2018, 7:26 PM 57,294 Views 60 Comments

Coveney denied that May and Varadkar do not talk directly.

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill
# Trouble Ahead
# Trouble Ahead

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

Dec 16th 2018, 6:30 AM 7,455 Views 30 Comments

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back
# COME WHAT MAY
# COME WHAT MAY

Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back

Dec 11th 2018, 7:04 PM 15,890 Views 48 Comments

He added that a no-deal Brexit is “still very unlikely … despite all the political chaos”.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Renewing your passport online is now 'faster, easier' and €5 cheaper
# Better Faster Stronger
# Better Faster Stronger

Renewing your passport online is now 'faster, easier' and €5 cheaper

Nov 28th 2018, 7:06 AM 30,777 Views 25 Comments

The updated service means that citizens can renew their passports online from anywhere in the world.

# simon-coveney - Monday 26 November, 2018

Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach
# Deal Or No Deal
# Deal Or No Deal

Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach

Updated Nov 26th 2018, 1:00 PM 19,922 Views 57 Comments

Following yesterday’s summit, the focus now shifts to the UK Prime Minister who is beginning an intensive campaign to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

# simon-coveney - Friday 23 November, 2018

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'
# Middle East
# Middle East

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'

Nov 23rd 2018, 12:05 AM 28,610 Views 50 Comments

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# simon-coveney - Monday 19 November, 2018

'Intense' week of talks for May as EU negotiators set out plan for relationship with Britain
# Brexit
# Brexit

'Intense' week of talks for May as EU negotiators set out plan for relationship with Britain

Nov 19th 2018, 7:27 AM 7,650 Views 34 Comments

European leaders will get to voice their opinions on the draft agreement May presented to the British parliament last week.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year
# Middle East
# Middle East

Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year

Nov 17th 2018, 1:00 PM 11,295 Views 94 Comments

The Tánaiste also said Ireland could be forced in to recognising the State of Palestine.

'It is not going to happen': FG rule change to copper-fasten promise not to enter coalition with SF
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis

'It is not going to happen': FG rule change to copper-fasten promise not to enter coalition with SF

Nov 17th 2018, 7:00 AM 10,168 Views 43 Comments

Fine Gael heard a rallying call at its Ard Fheis last night for the party to be election ready.

# simon-coveney - Friday 16 November, 2018

Simon Coveney hits out at 'idiots' who booed God Save the Queen at Northern Ireland match
# From The Stands
# From The Stands

Simon Coveney hits out at 'idiots' who booed God Save the Queen at Northern Ireland match

Nov 16th 2018, 9:35 AM 89,148 Views 196 Comments

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland played at the Aviva Stadium last night.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Calls for Taoiseach to brief party leaders on Brexit state-of-play as talks enter the 'endgame'
# COME WHAT MAY
# COME WHAT MAY

Calls for Taoiseach to brief party leaders on Brexit state-of-play as talks enter the 'endgame'

Updated Nov 13th 2018, 12:50 PM 17,804 Views 55 Comments

The British Prime Minister said negotiators are “working extremely hard, through the night, to make progress”.

Number of planes carrying weapons to Shannon this year already surpasses 2017 figures
# Exemptions
# Exemptions

Number of planes carrying weapons to Shannon this year already surpasses 2017 figures

Nov 13th 2018, 12:05 AM 15,828 Views 34 Comments

So far, 423 planes carrying munitions of war have landed in Shannon Airport this year, and 16 landed in Dublin Airport.

# simon-coveney - Monday 12 November, 2018

Simon Coveney praises EU 'solidarity' as Theresa May faces more Tory revolt: how Brexit unfolded today
# Brexit
# Brexit

Simon Coveney praises EU 'solidarity' as Theresa May faces more Tory revolt: how Brexit unfolded today

Nov 12th 2018, 8:51 PM 17,423 Views 59 Comments

The British prime minister faced further revolt from inside her party amid claims that a deal was imminent.

Boris Johnson says Cabinet should stage a mutiny over Brexit
# May Day
# May Day

Boris Johnson says Cabinet should stage a mutiny over Brexit

Nov 12th 2018, 8:51 AM 18,287 Views 32 Comments

The former Foreign Secretary said the British government is “on the verge of total surrender” to Brussels.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 8 November, 2018

NUJ calls on Simon Coveney to raise journalists’ arrests with British government
# Loughinisland Documentary
# Loughinisland Documentary

NUJ calls on Simon Coveney to raise journalists’ arrests with British government

Nov 8th 2018, 6:31 PM 13,583 Views 28 Comments

The journalists were arrested over the suspected theft of documents used in a documentary re-examining the 1994 murders.