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Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney is a sitting Fine Gael TD for the Cork South Central constituency and the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food. Coveney was elected to his father's seat in 1998 following his death. Coveney has held many positions within the party, including assistant Chief Whip, Secretary of the Parliamentary Party and Spokesperson for Communications.

# simon-coveney - Sunday 13 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on Recovery

Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on

However, funding remains a significant hindrance to many fishermen.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Two ministers, some sheep, and a city centre photo-op. What could go wrong? Ewe First

Two ministers, some sheep, and a city centre photo-op. What could go wrong?

“They’re a little frisky…”. The press release had offered the prospect of some Cabinet-level sheep-shearing. But would the ministers oblige?

Growth sector: AIB unveils €500m farm fund

Growth predicted for dairy sector in particular once quotas are removed.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Donegal catch: €35m facility planned for Killybegs

New Donegal facility announced as industry urged to set its sights higher.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 20 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Piers and harbours around the country are getting a facelift with €23m funding Fix It

Piers and harbours around the country are getting a facelift with €23m funding

More than 115 piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the recent storms are getting funding for repair work.

# simon-coveney - Friday 7 March, 2014

Coveney ‘not surprised’ by claims of Apple’s $850m Irish tax avoidance

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Finance Minister is dealing with the issue of “statelessness”.

From TheJournal.ie It’s a good day for Irish animals Protecting Animals

It’s a good day for Irish animals

A new animal Bill has been passed to replace legislation that’s 103 years old.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Pics: Thousands of farmers rally at Department of Agriculture over beef price cuts Where's The Beef This post contains images

Pics: Thousands of farmers rally at Department of Agriculture over beef price cuts

IFA president Eddie Downey said today that some farmers are “at their wits end”.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 1 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie 8 things we learned at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis Fine Gael Ard Fheis

8 things we learned at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis

The biggest party in the State gathered in south Dublin this weekend, and here’s what we found out…

From TheJournal.ie Michael Noonan: I’ll consider tax cuts, Richard Bruton: I won’t consider wage hikes Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Michael Noonan: I’ll consider tax cuts, Richard Bruton: I won’t consider wage hikes

On day two of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, the Minister for Finance has given the clearest indication yet that a tax cut is on the way.

# simon-coveney - Friday 28 February, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Simon Coveney says rotting meat claims are wrong and have been ‘hyped up’ Cold Storage

Simon Coveney says rotting meat claims are wrong and have been ‘hyped up’

A Polish report detailed ‘green and rotting meat’ in a Monaghan food plant but the meat in question had been removed from storage for testing according to the Minister.

# simon-coveney - Monday 17 February, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Coveney to dairy farmers: You’re (still) producing too much milk Udder Disgrace

Coveney to dairy farmers: You’re (still) producing too much milk

Ireland’s volume of milk supplies in January was above what is allowed under EU quotas.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Counting sheep: did you know the sheep census was a thing? One Two Zzzzz

Counting sheep: did you know the sheep census was a thing?

One sheep, two sheep, three sheep…

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Over €12.5 billion committed to agriculture over the next seven years Funding For Farmers

Over €12.5 billion committed to agriculture over the next seven years

“It covers everything from hill farmers to suckler cows,” Enda Kenny said today.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie MEP looks to tackle government’s pylon ‘myths’ as Coveney acknowledges ‘genuine concerns’ Pylon On The Pressure
From TheJournal.ie Value of Irish food and drink exports nearly €10 billion in 2013 Bord Bia

Value of Irish food and drink exports nearly €10 billion in 2013

Exports for dairy products and ingredients brought in the most money, followed by beef exports.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Farmers: 18,000 ‘useless’ horses must be slaughtered to help end crisis Horse Welfare

Farmers: 18,000 ‘useless’ horses must be slaughtered to help end crisis

The United Farmers Association has refuted Minister Coveney’s claim that there is not a major horse welfare problem in Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

From TheJournal.ie ‘No major welfare problem in horse sector’ – Coveney Animal Welfare

‘No major welfare problem in horse sector’ – Coveney

The Minister said his department is adopting a ‘pro-active’ approach in relation to horse welfare issues.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Legislation due as concerns about ‘vegetable price war’ grow Vegetables

Legislation due as concerns about ‘vegetable price war’ grow

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that a new code of conduct to protect primary producers will be introduced in the coming weeks.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Increase in overall tonnage secured at fish quota talks Mixed Platter

Increase in overall tonnage secured at fish quota talks

There’s to be an increase of two per cent next year in terms of value, but reductions for certain stocks will also be brought in.

# simon-coveney - Monday 16 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Coveney facing “exceptionally tough” negotiations on fishing quotas Fish

Coveney facing “exceptionally tough” negotiations on fishing quotas

Proposals put forward by the European Commission would severely cut quotas for some of the stocks of vital importance to Irish fishing communities.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 7 December, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Relocation of Howth tourist office held up by dispute Tourism

Relocation of Howth tourist office held up by dispute

Fingal County Council want to move ahead with new office – but Government have to give go-ahead.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Kenny jets to Japan for five day visit aimed at building closer economic ties

The Taoiseach’s trip is aimed at improving business links in the ICT, financial services and agri-food sectors.

# simon-coveney - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Broad reform needed to make Seanad ‘fit for modern Ireland’, says Coveney Graduate Votes

Broad reform needed to make Seanad ‘fit for modern Ireland’, says Coveney

The Agriculture Minister welcomed reports that voting rights are to be extended to more graduates, but believes more ‘fundamental’ reform is needed.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Unnecessary and unreasonable’: Varadkar and Coveney hit out at ESB strike threat ESB

‘Unnecessary and unreasonable’: Varadkar and Coveney hit out at ESB strike threat

“Nobody’s job is being threatened here, nobody is being asked to take an additional pay cut and nobody’s pension is under threat,” the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said this morning.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 16 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Vets ‘shocked’ that tail docking could be allowed under new regulations Animal Welfare This post contains images

Vets ‘shocked’ that tail docking could be allowed under new regulations

A prominent Irish vet has said that allowing tail docking will set back the case of animal welfare in Ireland.

# simon-coveney - Friday 15 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Coveney tells farmers: You’re producing too much milk Got Milk?

Coveney tells farmers: You’re producing too much milk

Ireland’s milk producers are on course to exceed their quota for this year which will result in a multi-million euro fine.

# simon-coveney - Friday 1 November, 2013

From TheJournal.ie USA to loosen restrictions on imports of EU beef Beef

USA to loosen restrictions on imports of EU beef

The news has been welcomed by Simon Coveney, who said that the US will be a “very interesting market” for Ireland’s grass-fed beef.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 17 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas Fish Fight

Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas

The European Commission is attempting to end a dispute with Iceland and the Faroe Islands over fishing rights in the north-east Atlantic.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 12 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Noonan on Budget 2014: ‘You’ll be astounded at all the good news I’ll be announcing’ Fine Gael Conference

Noonan on Budget 2014: ‘You’ll be astounded at all the good news I’ll be announcing’

The Finance Minister has told delegates at the Fine Gael national conference that the Budget on Tuesday is going to “reasonably tough”.

# simon-coveney - Friday 11 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Anti-austerity and pro-life protests expected as Fine Gael conference begins Crowds Gather

Anti-austerity and pro-life protests expected as Fine Gael conference begins

Thousands of Fine Gael delegates are gathering in Limerick today as the two-day national conference gets under way.

# simon-coveney - Monday 7 October, 2013

From TheJournal.ie First case of killer tree disease found in native Irish hedgerow Ash Dieback

First case of killer tree disease found in native Irish hedgerow

A total of 97 cases of the deadly fungus have now been found since the first one in October last year.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today Farming

Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today

The payments are given to farmers living in areas considered to be at a particular disadvantaged due to factors like location in a mountainous area or restrictions due to preservation.

# simon-coveney - Monday 23 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Plan to increase Ireland’s agricultural output could cause harm to environment Agriculture

Plan to increase Ireland’s agricultural output could cause harm to environment

A report commissioned by the Government claims that the negative effects can be mitigated but green groups are concerned.

From TheJournal.ie Coveney back in Brussels to discuss CAP reforms (again) Agriculture

Coveney back in Brussels to discuss CAP reforms (again)

There are still some details to be worked out after June’s agreement.

# simon-coveney - Monday 16 September, 2013

Tesco announces 200 new jobs across Ireland

Seven new stores and six mobile phone shops will be opened with some 80 jobs to be created before Christmas.

# simon-coveney - Saturday 14 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Sod is turned on Tullamore Dew distillery Whiskey

Sod is turned on Tullamore Dew distillery

The whiskey manufacturer will return home to a new facility, creating 200 construction jobs and 25 jobs after completion.

# simon-coveney - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie TD uses Dáil questions to see how effective Seanad is, Ministers tell her to find out herself Seanad Referendum

TD uses Dáil questions to see how effective Seanad is, Ministers tell her to find out herself

The deputy director of Fine Gael’s Seanad abolition campaign, Regina Doherty, used the parliamentary questions to find out information about the Seanad, but ministers in her own party told her to find out herself.

# simon-coveney - Thursday 22 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Coast guard can track boat users in new water safety app Search And Rescue

Coast guard can track boat users in new water safety app

The release of ISA SafeTrx comes as the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) reports a considerable increase in the amount of emergency call-outs its has received so far this year.

# simon-coveney - Monday 12 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie ‘Effective meetings’ and ‘retirement planning’ among Dept’s €750k spend on training Department Of Agriculture

‘Effective meetings’ and ‘retirement planning’ among Dept’s €750k spend on training

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine spent €29,142 for facility hire and tea and coffee facilities as well as nearly €200,000 on travel and subsistence for the training.

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