Coveney 'can understand why the airstrikes were launched'
Shona MurrayIreland urged caution over military escalation in Syria by the US, France and UK during a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.
Simon Coveney is an Irish politician for the Fine Gael political party. He has been a TD since 1998 and has held various Ministerial titles throughout his career and has served as Deputy Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017.
Shona MurrayIreland urged caution over military escalation in Syria by the US, France and UK during a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.
Sean NolanTánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said that he would...
Brendan O'ConnorDid you have a drink last Friday? In a pub? Was it amazing? Did you set the alarm to go to an early house? Just to savour the...
Philip RyanTanaiste Simon Coveney is coming under intense pressure to back Fine Gael TD...
Kevin DoyleThere are only so many battles anybody can fight in 24 hours, which is why Tánaiste...
Kevin Doyle and Wayne O'Connor It will take a two-thirds majority of TDs to amend legislation allowing for abortion up to 12 weeks once introduced under proposals brought forward by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
By David Young, Press Association Ireland’s deputy premier has changed his stance on potential new abortion laws for the country by backing terminations up to 12 weeks into pregnancy.
Kevin Doyle and Shona Murray Tánaiste Simon Coveney is to back abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy in a dramatic change of heart ahead of the Eighth Amendment referendum.
John Downing There will be no formal “Withdrawal Agreement” between the EU and UK if the Irish border issue is not resolved, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil.
Wayne O'Connor Spinmaster-come-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is trying to lure voters into his very own Dragon’s Den.
Shona Murray The Irish Government and EU Brexit taskforce are “of one mind” on the draft legal text detailing the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, says Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.
Ralph Riegel CORK holds the key to the success of the Government's ambitious Project Ireland 2040 development plan.
Simon Coveney has played down a lack of face-to-face meeting between the Taoiseach and the DUP during Monday's crunch talks at Stormont.
John Downing The news from Brussels is not good and it is beginning to look dangerously like Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney cried "victory" too early and too loudly.
By Michelle Devane, Press Association The Irish Government will not stand for any backsliding on the deal struck over the issue of the border in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister as said.
Eoghan Harris If the political fudging of the past week continues for 16 more weeks there will be no Repeal, and no change in our abortion laws.
Eoin O'Malley If you don't know, vote no - that's a mainstay of referendum campaigns, and one many people believe works to thwart proposed changes to the status quo. The idea is that people like certainty, and if they're uncertain about what a proposed change will bring, they will prefer what they know, the status quo, to some...
Cormac McQuinn and Kevin Doyle Tanaiste Simon Coveney will not actively seek to win over undecided Fine Gael TDs to join his opposition to proposals to allow unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
John Meagher It has been a momentous week for campaigners on both sides of the great abortion debate as it was finally confirmed that a referendum would be held this summer.
Kevin Doyle Simon Coveney is entitled to his view in the same way every other voter is.
Eilish O'Regan Women who have an abortion on the grounds their child will be born with Down syndrome are "not doing it lightly," Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted.
Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor FIANNA Fáil has asked “what cyber galaxy” the Minister for Communications is living in if he thinks the withdrawal of Eir from the National Broadband Plan can be a positive thing.
Kevin Doyle Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Ireland should sanction unrestricted access to abortion “at any point in time”.
Kevin Doyle The Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh is to adopt a similar stance to Tánaiste Simon Coveney on the abortion referendum.
Kevin Doyle and Shona Murray TÁNAISTE Simon Coveney is against unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks – but will support repealing the Eighth Amendment.
Maeve Sheehan A human rights group linked to Scientologists lobbied the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney seeking to "represent the goals and objectives" of his Department.
Laura Larkin Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told tech companies to take more responsibility for promoting child safety online - as he revealed his own concerns about internet safety as a father-of-three.
John Downing Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said there are currently 600 houses listed for sale in Dublin priced below €250,000.
Independent.ie Newsdesk A fresh round of talks to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland must find a solution in "weeks rather than months", leaders have been warned.
Ralph Riegel TANAISTE Simon Coveney has welcomed the decision by Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff to resign and said he hoped it would play "a significant part" in the fresh drive to restore the power sharing...
Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney and Karen Bradley will meet again next week in the hope of making progress on the powersharing deadlock.
Declan Lynch The empty bottles of wine had not yet been taken to the recycling centres. The traditional stories of the first babies born in 2018 had barely been written. Indeed it was still technically Christmas, if...
In a recent episode of the RTÉ radio comedy Callan's Kicks, Leo Varadkar and some cabinet ministers go out to a pub for pre-Christmas drinks. The Taoiseach remarks that he cannot see his Tánaiste anywhere, which as it turns out is because he has just...
Dean Gray Sky News presenter Adam Boulton has defended his controversial "you Irish" tweet, saying he was responding to online abuse after his interview with Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Sky News presenter Adam Boulton has defended his controversial 'you Irish' tweet, saying he was responding to a series of abusive tweets directed his way after his interview with Tanaiste Simon Coveney.
Catherine Devine and Kathy Armstrong Sky News host Adam Boulton has responded to remarks made about his controversial interview with Simon Coveney saying "you Irish need to get over yourselves".
Eoghan Harris The Taoiseach and Tanaiste are being acclaimed on all sides for winning the battle of Brexit, so my criticism of how they conducted the campaign won't bother them.
Kathy Armstrong Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney was asked today whether he thinks the "kerfuffle" over the Brexit negotiations was "necessary".
John Downing Ireland will consider British proposals to reassure the Democratic Unionist Party on a border deal for Brexit – but will not agree changes “to the core” of a draft agreement which emerged on...
Richard Curran Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that he didn't want to turn the post-Brexit border into a Green versus Orange issue.
Harriet Line THERE is "no desire" in Ireland to delay progress on the Brexit negotiations, the Tanaiste has said on BBC television.
Brendan O'Connor Does anyone else think Leo had quite a good week? As it ended, he was parading one-and-a-half shiny new female ministers and Micheal Martin was writing love letters to Europe about his best frenemy.
Declan Lynch In February of this year, Simon Coveney, the then Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, did an interview with David McWilliams on TV3 in which it was clear that he had formulated a view of life in Ireland that was rooted in the issue of class.
Eilis O'Hanlon Fine Gael TDs and senators must be wondering if they made the right choice back in May during the party's leadership election, or whether party members, who backed Simon Coveney by some...
Ralph Riegel IRELAND is "hopeful" an outline agreement on the Northern Ireland border can be hammered out in critical Brexit talks on Monday.
Independent.ie Newsdesk A breakthrough on the future of the Irish border once Britain leaves the European Union is "doable" before a key EU summit in two weeks time but the negotiating teams are "not there yet",...
Margaret Donnelly Less than an hour after being nominated as the new Tanaiste by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney was back taking questions in the Dail on farming.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced former Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney as the new Tánaiste.
Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has been appointed the country's new deputy premier following the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald over her handling of a police whistleblower scandal.
David Young Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has accused Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney of "aggressive" behaviour on the North.
Eoghan Harris Let me start by making three predictions about which I further predict I will not have to eat humble pie.
Theresa May has been given 10 days to offer further concessions on issues including the Brexit divorce bill and the complex matter of the Northern Irish border if she wants European Union leaders to agree to trade talks.
Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has told a parliamentary committee that he wants to see a united Ireland in his political lifetime.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ministers Simon Coveney and Helen McEntee have moved to explain an "awkward" interview which saw the female politician standing silently beside her colleague during an RTE interview.
Sarah Collins Dublin has narrowly lost out to Paris in the race to secure the EU's banking agency once it relocates due to Brexit.
Kevin Doyle A massive gulf between Ireland and the UK in the Brexit negotiations was in clear evidence as Boris Johnson arrived in Dublin today.
Gavin Cordon and Ed Carty Boris Johnson has issued a new call for the EU to give the green light for the second phase of the Brexit negotiations to begin.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will hold talks on Friday with Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.
Shona Murray The UK approach to the Border problem is "not compatible" with the solutions that Ireland needs, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has warned.
Sarah Collins Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has hit out at the UK government's handling of Brexit talks on the Irish Border.
Kevin Doyle Life coaches will tell you to aim high in case you fall short. The theory is simple: you might not reach the stars but you'll definitely stretch yourself trying.
Philip Ryan South Korea and Japan raised serious concerns with the Department of Foreign Affairs over Independent Alliance minister John Halligan's ill-fated peace mission to North Korea, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Mark O'Regan Ireland's "stubborn" stance in the Brexit negotiations is not a "land grab" for Northern Ireland, Simon Coveney has said.
Louise Kelly Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said there is a still "a way to go" in negotiations between Britain and the European Union before enough progress on Irish issues has been made to move on...
Louise Kelly Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has called for a "sensible" transition period of up to five years after the UK officially leaves the European Union next March.
Ireland can play a central role revitalising Europe's relationship with Africa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has said.
Colm Kelpie Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has strongly signalled that Brexit negotiations could be blocked from moving on to trade talks unless Britain gives more clarity on the Border.
Colm Kelpie Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has strongly signalled that Brexit talks could be blocked from moving on to the future trading relationship unless Britain gives more clarity on the border.
Colm Kelpie Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said there are "no funding impediments" to preparing his department to deal with Brexit, as he announced five new overseas missions will be rolled out over the...
John Mulgrew The Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute could damage the peace process as well as hit jobs, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney warned a senior US official.
Irish officials have not received any reports of citizens being killed or injured in the Las Vegas gun attack.
A senior member of the DUP's negotiating team has said doubts remain over whether an agreement can be reached to restore devolution at Stormont.
Colm Kelpie and Shona Murray in Brussels A post-Brexit transition period could last up to four years, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Colm Kelpie A post Brexit transition period could last up to four years, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Stormont's crisis-hit government could be functioning fully within a matter of weeks, Ireland's foreign affairs minister has said.
Shona Murray Ibrahim Halawa’s release from prison in Egypt is a “matter of a short number of days” according to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.
Ralph Riegel Ireland is pushing the UK to consider allowing a temporary extension of EU Customs Union rules for two years after Brexit to become permanent for the Northern Ireland border.
Sinn Fein and the DUP have held "intensified" dialogue on restoring political powersharing in Northern Ireland.
Independent.ie Newsdesk The UK government has definitively rejected any suggestion that there could be joint authority in Northern Ireland should the parties fail to reach an agreement on restoring the power-sharing...
Michael McHugh Direct rule from London cannot be imposed in Northern Ireland without Irish Government input, Simon Coveney has insisted.
Eoghan Harris Last Tuesday, Simon Coveney said he was worried about North Korea. He would do better to worry about the North of Ireland - and its increasing impact on the politics of the Irish Republic.
Colm Kelpie Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is calling on business people in the North to tell their MPs and politicians that continued membership of the single market and customs union - "or something very like...
Colm Kelpie Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has called on business people in the North to tell their MPs and politicians that continued membership of the single market and customs union – or...
Kevin Doyle There are no figures for the amount of Irish exports that travel through the UK on their way to other countries.
The Irish government has warned UK authorities it will not be used as a "pawn" in Brexit negotiations.
Kevin Doyle and Colm Kelpie Ireland is preparing for a "worst-case scenario" amid fears that some of the UK's proposals for cross-border trade are "totally unworkable".
Kevin Doyle Ireland will be "realistic and fair" in relation to the Brexit negotiations around the border but also "stubborn", Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Cormac McQuinn Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has urged North Korea to "abandon" its programmes to develop ballistic missiles, nuclear capabilities, and weapons of mass destruction.
Eoghan Harris Leo Varadkar rounded on the Brits about Brexit last Friday week. Gerry Adams led the chorus of approval - and is still gushing.
Independent.ie Newsdesk An Irishman who has been detained in Egypt for four years has had his first opportunity to defend himself in court, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
John Downing RTÉ's 'Morning Ireland' presenter Cathal Mac Coille has broken a seven-year silence to insist that Brian Cowen was "not drunk" during an early morning radio interview.
John Downing RTÉ's outgoing Morning Ireland presenter, Cathal MacCoille, has broken a seven-year silence to insist that Brian Cowen was "not drunk" during an early-morning radio interview.
Eoghan Harris Conor Cruise O'Brien was a prophet without honour in his own country and the fire which destroyed his former Howth home seemed symbolic of his current marginal status.
Ruth Dudley Edwards Senator Padraig O Ceidigh - a fluent Irish speaker whose many entrepreneurial accomplishments include founding Aer Arann - last week described the Government's Irish language strategy as a dead horse and recommended dismounting. This came not long after Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, a career politician, threw his...
Sarah Collins Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has hit out at loose talk on Brexit, which he says has "hardened" positions on both sides.
Eoghan Harris Martin Mansergh, in a letter to the Sunday Independent contesting my criticisms of the Department of Foreign Affairs, draws attention to my role as backroom adviser to David Trimble, as if that...
Cormac McQuinn Minister Simon Coveney's flights on government jets cost a combined total of around €344,000 over five years, with destinations including Beirut, Algiers, Brussels and Berlin.
Cormac McQuinn Minister Simon Coveney has denied his phone call to an Air Corps pilot was a bid to get him to fly in bad weather.
John Downing and Kevin Doyle THE Taoiseach has defended Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney in a row over an Air Corps pilot’s refusal to fly him from Dublin to Cork due to forecast fog.
Eoghan Harris I believe that if Charlie Flanagan rather than Simon Coveney had been Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sinn Fein would have been forced to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland by last...
Eoghan Harris Let's hope Leo Varadkar was listening to his colleague Brian Hayes MEP speaking to Shane Coleman on Newstalk last Friday.
Colm Kelpie Talks between the DUP and the Conservatives in Britain are a distraction from getting the Assembly in Northern Ireland back up and running, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Colm Kelpie Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has warned against any attempt at EU level to "bully" Ireland into accepting a proposal to standardise corporation tax after Britain leaves the bloc.
The Government has moved to alleviate unionist concerns over its position on Brexit.
Colm Kelpie Talks between the DUP and the Conservatives in the UK are a distraction from getting the Assembly in Northern Ireland back up and running, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Editorial Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is seeking a special deal for Northern Ireland in the Brexit talks.
Colm Kelpie Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has set out his post-Brexit vision for an invisible Border with Northern Ireland retaining a connection to the customs union.
The Government is insisting on achieving a “special status” for Northern Ireland in the Brexit talks, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
The Irish government has declared it is demanding "special status" for Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Cathal McMahon An advertisement for €700-a-month log cabins has been removed after a backlash.
Louise Kelly Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney met with the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier on Tuesday afternoon in Luxembourg.
David Young and Noel McAdam Any deal to salvage power- sharing at Stormont should involve Northern Ireland's five main parties, Simon Coveney has said.
David Young The start of Brexit negotiations in Brussels underline the urgent need to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland, Simon Coveney has said.
Fidelma Healy Eames At the end of April, I found myself one year out of politics. Rather unexpectedly, I experienced a sense of loss, of regret, of what might have been.
Philip Ryan The Government is set to axe the grant for first-time buyers introduced in last year's budget. The 'help-to-buy' scheme, which netted first-time buyers up to €20,000, was the cornerstone of...
Kevin Doyle and Cormac McQuinn Leo Varadkar used his first day as Taoiseach to tell world leaders: "This country will be at the heart of Europe."
Kevin Doyle Housing Minister Simon Coveney has been appointed deputy leader of Fine Gael.
Cormac McQuinn None of Dublin City Council's four under-construction 'rapid- build' home schemes will be completed by the end of the month as planned.
Kevin Doyle A furious battle is under way to be Foreign Affairs Minister in Leo Varadkar's new Cabinet with Simon Coveney and Charlie Flanagan vying for the key Brexit post.
A friend of mine who was into astrology used to say, with an air of profound wisdom: "They crawl over each other to get to the Leos." The funny thing was that it seemed quite true; based on the Leos of our acquaintance.
Ralph Riegel Housing Minister Simon Coveney insisted the appointment of a Tánaiste was entirely a matter for incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The Dail canteen at 10am in the morning would seem like an unlikely place for the passing of the torch between two of the country's most venerable politicians.
Philip Ryan NEWLY elected Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has held a “positive and constructive” first meeting with his leadership rival Housing Minister Simon Coveney.
Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar was only a few weeks in Leinster House when then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern predicted he'd have "an early exit".
Kevin Doyle, John Downing and Niall O'Connor Leo Varadkar, the gay son of an Indian immigrant, is set to be Ireland's next Taoiseach. In news that has made international headlines, the 38-year-old was elected leader of Fine Gael,...
Cormac McQuinn Backbench supporters of Leo Varadkar believe he can unify Fine Gael and win the next general election - and some harbour hopes of promotion to the ministerial ranks.
Niall O'Connor It had some of the hallmarks of the last supper. A drained, yet defiant, Simon Coveney stood to his feet and politely sought the group's attention.
Kevin Doyle "I'VE never had a coffee with him in six years," the backbencher said.
Simon Coveney has lived a life of privilege, but is no stranger to adversity.
Ireland is on the cusp of electing its first gay premier after the ruling Fine Gael party revealed its new leader Leo Varadkar.
Kevin Doyle Dublin TD Kate O'Connell might be out of favour with the likely new Taoiseach and her party headquarters - but Simon Coveney still thinks she's "phenomenal".
Kevin Doyle Simon Coveney was last night desperately trying to convince TDs to privately forsake his leadership rival as Leo Varadkar remained "confident" of winning.
Philip Ryan and Kevin Doyle Senior figures in Simon Coveney's campaign team have offered ministerial roles to TDs in return for switching from his rival Leo Varadkar ahead of tomorrow's vote in the Fine Gael leadership...
Philip Ryan OUTGOING Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he has “absolutely no regrets” over appointing Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney to Cabinet as he prepares to step down as Fine Gael leader.
Cormac McQuinn The Government has approved the priority drafting of legislation that will abolish water charges, except in cases of excessive use.
Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar is planning a very limited Cabinet reshuffle if he is elected as Taoiseach in the coming weeks.
Kevin Doyle The last of four Fine Gael hustings took place last night in Co Cork - hopeful Simon Coveney's back yard, but how did the candidates fare? Kevin Doyle scores the politicians on their final performance.
Ralph Riegel and Kevin Doyle The two ministers vying to be Taoiseach have slated each other's election campaigns, with Simon Coveney accusing Leo Varadkar of trying to buy his way to power.
Kevin Doyle Finally it's all over, bar the voting. Having started in Leo Varadkar's backyard, the Fine Gael roadshow came to a close in Simon Coveney's heartland.
Fionnán Sheahan On some Sunday nights in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, a fella called Michael Collins headlines the 'social dancing' from 5pm to 8pm.
Ralph Riegel SOCIAL Protection Minister Leo Varadkar launched a scathing attack on his Fine Gael leadership rival Housing Minister Simon Coveney by accusing him of "a dishonest" portrayal of his own commitment...
Niall O'Connor FINE Gael leadership frontrunner Leo Varadkar has been accused by one of his own party colleagues of spouting “fake news” in relation to his achievements in the Department of Health.
Gene Kerrigan Ok, complete the following sentence: "I'm really glad Leo Varadkar was Minister for Transport from 2011 to 2014, because otherwise . . ." Take your time. Search your memory.
Willie O'Dea For the past 12 months people have been asking my prediction as to who will win the Fine Gael leadership contest: Simon or Leo. I've been telling them all the same thing: Leo is a certainty.
Eoghan Harris Last Thursday, Mr Fuan Chan, consultant at the Blackrock Clinic, said he would have to whip out two cancerous moles from my back caused by too much sun.
Eoin O'Malley There's a phenomenon in sport: that when you streak into a lead, the size of that lead can play on your mind. It's usually aggressive play that establishes the leader of the pack - but once...
Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan The tone of the debates for the Fine Gael leadership grew more robust last night, with Housing Minister Simon Coveney and Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar taking swipes at each other over their roles in the party's disastrous general election.
Jody Corcoran The Fine Gael leadership contest is providing a fascinating insight into how Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are both tantalisingly close to being correct, and therefore both entirely wrong, in...
Philip Ryan Eoghan Murphy barely looked at the stage once throughout the first Fine Gael leadership husting in the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin.
Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan THE race for the Fine Gael leadership has turned more robust as candidates Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar took swipes at each other at the party's third hustings in Galway.
Ivan Yates Fine Gael’s leadership race was completely overshadowed by the terror attack in Manchester and the collapse of the trial of Seán FitzPatrick.
Philip Ryan SIMON Coveney has received a campaign boost tonight as prominent MEP Mairead McGuinness weighed in behind him with two days to got before Fine Gael members prepared to vote for the next party...
Cormac McQuinn Leo Varakdar came out swinging at last night's Fine Gael leadership hustings with a stinging quip about rival Simon Coveney's trailing campaign.
Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent Leo Varakdar has come out swinging in tonight's Fine Gael leadership hustings with a targeted quip about rival Simon Coveney's trailing campaign.
Kevin Doyle, Philip Ryan and Niall O'Connor Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar went head-to-head last night at the first hustings during the campaign to find the next Fine Gael leader.
As the Housing Minister, Simon Coveney, fights back from behind in a ruthless battle for the country's leadership role, that other important battle - against the housing crisis - is almost certainly at risk of losing its navigator.
Kevin Doyle Housing Minister Simon Coveney relentlessly attacked Leo Varadkar's vision for Fine Gael and the country as he sought to win over the grassroots at the party's first hustings.
John Downing It's still mighty hard to see Leo Varadkar being overtaken after his first barnstorming week. But Simon Coveney is getting points for just refusing to cave in.
Kevin Doyle, Philip Ryan and Niall O'Connor Housing Minister Simon Coveney relentlessly attacked Leo Varadkar's vision for Fine Gael and the country as he sought to win over the grassroots at the party's' first hustings.
Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor Housing Minister Simon Coveney has gone on the attack in a bid to revive his chances of becoming the next Taoiseach.
Kevin Doyle Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said Fine Gael must focus equally on working people and those who "can't get up in the morning for whatever reason or don't have a bed to go to at night".
John Downing Many of us wonder why this carry-on is still going on. Why wait nine more days? I mean Leo Varadkar has left his opposition stuck in the traps.
Kathy Armstrong Leo Varadkar's pledge to represent people who "get up early in the morning" is the kind of talk that has divided society over the past decade, Simon Coveney has claimed.
Shane Coleman There are few more unedifying sights in politics than a leadership contest. First off, there's the excruciating stuff the candidates have (or feel they have) to do - 'coffee or a 5km run anyone? Oh...
Philip Ryan Simon Coveney received a campaign boost tonight as undeclared Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness attended a leadership rally in Cavan tonight.
Independent.ie Newsdesk A video has emerged showing Simon Coveney speak poignantly about how he overcame a speech impediment as a child.
Kevin Doyle and Niall O'Connor Housing Minister Simon Coveney believes he can get back into the race to lead Fine Gael if he can swing six TDs or senators back in his favour.
Amy Molloy Housing Minister Simon Coveney believes it is possible that some Fine Gael party members who have declared for Leo Varadkar will still vote for him in the leadership election.
Ralph Riegel HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney warned he will not engage in auction politics with his rival Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar for the Fine Gael leadership.
Kevin Doyle Simon Coveney fears his supporters in the Fine Gael leadership race face being axed from their ministerial posts by a vengeful Leo Varadkar.
Kevin Doyle Simon Coveney fears his supporters in the Fine Gael leadership race face being axed from their ministerial posts by a vengeful Leo Varadkar.
Nicola Anderson Angst is writ large on the face of Simon Coveney as he paces through the lobby of the Carrigaline Court Hotel.
Kevin Doyle When Leo Varadkar talked about wanting to be a leader for people who get up early, few thought it meant to go running on a Sunday morning.
Kevin Doyle Housing Minister Simon Coveney has refused to concede the Fine Gael leadership race to Leo Varadkar, saying he will fight to turn TDs back in his favour.
Ireland's regional cities should double in size to counter the growing influence of Dublin, Simon Coveney said.
Daniel O'Connor and Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said he must appeal to Fine Gael TDs and senators who have declared for Leo Varadkar to change their minds as his leadership campaign continues.
Kevin Doyle, Philip Ryan and Nicola Anderson Finance Minister Michael Noonan has made a dramatic intervention in the Fine Gael leadership race, telling Simon Coveney to fight on.
Ralph Riegel Housing Minister Simon Coveney vowed to fight on in the Fine Gael leadership campaign despite his rival Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar securing a clear advantage.
Brendan O'Connor Does all of this not make you a bit nervous? It was seemingly all over bar the shouting in 24 hours. Leo hadn't even officially popped his head up. His supporters - the choreographed, coordinated...
Donal Lynch The ferocity of the Fine Gael leadership contest, which moved inexorably toward its climax last week, is all the more surprising because for the longest time it looked as though nobody in the...
Ralph Riegel HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney has said this evening should Leo Varadkar win the Fine Gael leadership he would shake his hand - and maybe even give him a hug.
Ralph Riegel and Philip Ryan HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney is holding strategy meetings with his closest advisors amid mounting pressure for him to end his Fine Gael leadership bid given the near unassailable lead already...
Cormac McQuinn You could almost say he brought it on himself, but that doesn't make it any less awkward.
Nicola Anderson Does a 'Simon Street' even exist? Google maps reveals the existence of a 'Simon's Ridge' in Sandyford or a 'Simon's Place' which proves to be a sandwich shop in South Great George's Street.
Kevin Doyle It was a day after his 36th birthday in January 2015 when a casually dressed Leo Varadkar arrived at RTÉ for a long overdue appointment.
Kevin Doyle, Niall O'Connor and Cormac McQuinn Supporters of Housing Minister Simon Coveney have discussed whether he should pull out of the Fine Gael leadership race rather than face a humiliating defeat.
Cormac McQuinn BOTH of Co Clare's Fine Gael TDs remain on the fence in the leadership contest, despite a visit to their constituency by Simon Coveney this afternoon.
Kevin Doyle and Niall O'Connor The Fine Gael leadership contest is Leo Varadkar's to lose after a flood of endorsements gave him a clear lead over Simon Coveney.
Kevin Doyle It was the moment we'd all been waiting for. Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar would finally unveil their grand plans for leadership.
Kevin Doyle HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney has said he doesn’t believe a Taoiseach needs ‘X Factor’, saying they need to deliver.
Shane Coleman Advantage Leo. There's still a long way to go and leadership contests are hugely unpredictable affairs, but right now Leo Varadkar seems to have a slight edge over Simon Coveney in the race to succeed...
Cormac McQuinn and Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar will push to keep the North in the EU single market as a part of his Brexit strategy should he win the contest to succeed Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
Philip Ryan The establishment of a powerful new anti-corruption agency will be a cornerstone of Housing Minister Simon Coveney's election manifesto when he officially launches his leadership campaign.
Eilis O'Hanlon Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges famously compared the Falklands War to two bald men fighting over a comb.
Graham Clifford "He's Fine Gael blue, and the bluest of the blue" remarks one supporter as we wait for Simon Coveney at the Corrin Mart outside the north Cork town of Fermoy last week. A family of sheep...
Ralph Riegel Housing Minister Simon Coveney called for party unity last night as the Fine Gael leadership contest continues to heat up.
Kevin Doyle Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe is set to back Leo Varadkar in the Fine Gael leadership race, insiders believe.
Ralph Riegel Housing Minister Simon Coveney warned against the dangers of a divisive and fractious Fine Gael leadership battle.
Philip Ryan Some of Simon Coveney's supporters want to go on the attack. They want to sharpen their blades and take them to Leo Varadkar's carefully crafted media persona. They want to rummage through...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Housing Minister Simon Coveney would not support a referendum offering abortion on demand.
Fionnán Sheahan It's known as a Seanad canvass. Candidates in the Senate election have to embark on a gruelling tour of the country, visiting councillors and TDs at home.
Kathy Armstrong THE public has the right to know how we voted on the membership of Saudi Arabia in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Government Minister Shane Ross has said.
Paul Melia Housing Minister Simon Coveney has insisted he will not be "bounced" into holding a referendum on public ownership of the water network.
Kevin Doyle Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has refused to say whether he believes Simon Harris should continue as Health Minister under a new leader.
Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor Leo Varadkar has told the Fine Gael hierarchy to stop trying to block a televised debate between the contenders to replace Enda Kenny as leader.
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