Saturday 20 January 2018

Two political dynasties fight for bragging rights

Coveney and Cowen's working relationship is central to the operation and survival of the Government

Barry Cowen Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Barry Cowen Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

The dynamic between Housing Minister Simon Coveney and his Fianna Fail counterpart Barry Cowen is arguably the most important but unquestionably the most intriguing relationship within the Fine Gael-led minority Government.

They are senior figures in their respective parties and both hail from Irish political dynasties but the similarities end there.

The Housing Minister is an heir to the Coveney merchant empire in Cork. His father was Hugh Coveney, a former Fine Gael minister, who, the Moriarty Tribunal, heard held a bank account in the Cayman Islands.

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