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#Simon Coveney

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

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Attorney General postpones trip to Brunei-owned hotel hit with protests over anti-gay laws Dorchester Hotel

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish government warned by US authorities on safety fears over Huawei 5G rollout Concerns

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021 Housing Crisis

Government to extend enforcement of Rent Pressure Zones until 2021

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

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says Ireland 'will try to find a way' to bring Lisa Smith home Isis

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

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

From TheJournal.ie If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney Brexit

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Donaldson says Ireland should join the Commonwealth, Coveney says it's not on the table Brexit

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

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

From TheJournal.ie EU Commission, Ireland and the UK 'have thought about' border issue, but no formal discussions Simon Coveney

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Offensive and embarrassing': Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside anti-English sign at parade England Out

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

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

From TheJournal.ie More than 230,000 people have applied for Irish passports so far this year Travel Plans

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael European election candidate says May vote can send 'green jersey' message to Brexiteers Mark Durkan

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Extradition cases between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit will prove a lot more difficult Brexit Prep

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Mega bill' provides for all-island electricity, buses and pensions in no-deal Brexit No-deal Prep

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney says people shouldn't stockpile medicines because of Brexit Tánaiste

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Coveney: 'We are spending hundreds of millions of euro preparing for a no-deal Brexit' Brussels Talks

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you think Ireland is right to support Venezuela's Juan Guaidó? Interim President This post contains a poll

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Coveney announces Ireland’s support for Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela Venezuela

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney is travelling to the US today - this is what he'll be up to Washington

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May to give Brexit speech in Northern Ireland today Brexit

Theresa May to give Brexit speech in Northern Ireland today

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

From TheJournal.ie 'One of the loudest voices against an indefinite backstop': What's Dominic Raab up to? Brexit

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Pure spoof': Government rubbishes Dominic Raab claims that Taoiseach leaked to media about him Brexit

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Boris Johnson suggests Theresa May planning Brexit fightback with 'freedom clause' Brexit

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Number of complaints against Passport Service increases almost fivefold in two years Turnaround Times

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Government loses vote on Israeli goods trade ban Bill, as ministers abstain Occupied Territories

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Concerns over Israeli embassy closing down over Occupied Territories Bill 'an overreaction' say FF Trade Rules

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Ireland to intensify preparations for a disorderly Brexit Commons Vote

Ireland to intensify preparations for a disorderly Brexit

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

From TheJournal.ie Harris tells public and pharmacies NOT to stockpile medicines for no-deal Brexit No Deal

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

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

From TheJournal.ie US preclearance at Dublin and Shannon to be beefed up ahead of the summer Heading Stateside

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Leas Ceann Comhairle makes 'no apologies' for assisting constituents to get passports Fast-tracking

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste says TDs using their offices for passport deliveries is 'unhelpful' CONSTITUENTS

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Coveney rules out Occupied Territories Bill support but will discuss free vote with Independent Alliance ministers International Relations

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners Austerity Measure

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Mumbai, Cardiff and LA: 10 new embassies to open this year to tap into new markets IRISH FOOTPRINT

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Coveney says talking about a united Ireland as part of Brexit debate is 'hugely unhelpful' Border Poll

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

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

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

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

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

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