Wednesday September 23, 2020

Simon Coveney: ‘If the EU isn’t giving leadership on climate change now, who else in the world will?’

From Brexit to our seat on the UN Security Council to the climate crisis, and more, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has plenty to occupy him and his department

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
13th September, 2020
There will be ‘politically challenging’ decisions to take on the environment, according to Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Simon Coveney is confident of getting funding for more diplomats in the budget.

There has been something of a Brexit-inspired staffing boom in the Department of Foreign Affairs since 2017, with its numbers up by a third to almost 1,800 people. Around 13 new diplomatic missions opened too, as part of the strategy to expand Ireland’s global reach.

No , the Minister for Foreign Affairs also has the UN Security Council to bolster his case, with...

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