Monday February 17, 2020

Caught between a rock and a herd place

The Irish agriculture sector may be booming, but it’s signally failing to keep its promises on climate change.

22nd February, 2015
Elaine Byrne

Simon Coveney expressed an unusual desire before the long-awaited government reshuffle last year. “I don’t want to change department,” he said.

The narrative that Leo Varadkar was “promoted” to Health implied somehow that Coveney was demoted because he voluntarily limited his political ambitions to staying at the Department of Agriculture. In other words, Coveney had scored an own goal in the internal Fine Gael leadership battle stakes. That’s a narrative employed...

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