Simon Coveney TDMinister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence

Simon Coveney TD was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine on March 9, 2011. For the 6 month period to the end of June 2013 Simon chaired the EU Council of Agriculture & Fisheries Ministers where he was at the forefront regarding EU efforts in respect of Common Agriculture (CAP) as well as Common Fisheries (CFP) Policy reforms. Under his chairmanship both dossiers were progressed significantly, with a reform package for CFP agreed in May 2013 and a reform package for CAP agreed at the end of the Irish Presidency in July. The Defence portfolio was added to his brief on July 11, 2014. He represents the Cork South Central constituency.

Simon was first elected to the Dáil in 1998 as one of Fine Gael’s youngest TDs and held Shadow Ministries in the areas of Drugs and Youth Affairs, Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, and Transport. Simon chaired the Fine Gael Policy Development Committee prior to the 2011 General Election.

Simon was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 and was a member of the EPP-ED group.  He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Simon was the author of the European Parliament's Annual Report on Human Rights in the World for the year 2004 and again for 2006.

Simon was a member of Cork County Council and the Southern Health Board from 1999 to 2003.

Born in Cork in June 1972, Simon holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Land Management from The Royal Agriculture College, Gloucestershire. He was also educated at Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare; University College Cork and Gurteen Agricultural College, County Tipperary. A keen fan of all competitive sport, he played Rugby for Garryowen, Cork Constitution and Crosshaven Rugby Club. In 1997/8 he led the "Sail Chernobyl Project" which involved sailing 30,000 miles around the world for charity, and he is a qualified sailing instructor and lifeguard.

Coveney Commits Further Supports Towards The Bvd Eradication Programme For Another Year

The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, T.D., today announced that he has decided to extend and re-focus support arrangements for farmers faced with the removal of persistently infected BVD calves born from their herds in 2015.

Minister Coveney Welcomes New Report On Benefits Of Dairy Expansion

Minister Coveney today welcomed the report produced by Dr Declan O’Connor and Dr Michael Keane that examined the likely Economic Benefits and Infrastructural Requirements arising from the planned dairy expansion in Cork.

Minister Coveney urges extra care during the current adverse weather conditions

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, today drew attention to the need for everyone working in the Farming and Fishing industries to take all safety precautions during the current adverse weather conditions.

Martin’s tax claims don’t add up – Coveney

Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central and Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney TD has said today (Monday) that the tax cuts announced by the Government in Budget 2015 will benefit all who pay income tax and USC, despite Michael Martin’s claims to the contrary.


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, confirmed that the balancing payments under the 2014 Single Farm Payment scheme will commence on target on 1st December. These payments, totaling over €550 million, will begin issuing to 120,000 farmers on 1 December.