Coveney damages Dublin’s DUP relations further

The Minister for Foreign Affairs appears to have an uncanny habit of winding up and angering the Democratic Unionist Party

19th December, 2017
DUP members applaud Arlene Foster's speech at their party conference in November. Pic: Getty

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most inoffensive and, on a personal level at least, likeable people in the current Fine Gael-led minority government.

In opposing progress initially, Foster had cited remarks Coveney made to an Oireachtas committee about wishing to see a united Ireland in his political lifetime. But there has been a good degree of unhappiness with Coveney from within unionist circles stretching back to Leo Varadkar’s first few...

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