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An Taoiseach pays tribute to Simon Coveney TD

10th July 2024 - Fine Gael Press Office

Taoiseach Simon Harris has today paid tribute to Simon Coveney TD, as he announced his decision to stand aside from politics.

Speaking today, the Taoiseach said: “Simon Coveney is not just a colleague, he is a friend.

“For the past 25 years, Simon has served the people of Cork South Central, Fine Gael and his country with distinction.

“He has been a Minister for Agriculture, Housing, Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Enterprise. He has served as Tánaiste of this great country.

“He leaves an outstanding footprint in Irish politics. I think we can all agree Simon’s role during Brexit will be his legacy.

“It was his greatest contribution in politics and of immense importance to this country.

“Today, I particularly want to pay tribute to Simon’s wife Ruth, his three daughters Jessica, Beth and Annalise.

“Simon’s role as Minister for Foreign Affairs meant many nights away from home and I want to thank them today for lending him to the country.

“I know they and the wider Coveney family are so proud of the role he has played in Irish politics, continuing the legacy of his father Hugh. I wish him all the very best.”

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