HE. Mr. Simon Coveney
Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister
Simon was one of the youngest T.D.s to be elected to the Dail, aged 26, when he won the Cork South Central seat in 1998. In opposition, Simon was spokesperson on Drugs and Youth Affairs before being appointed by the Party Leader to the position of Deputy Chief Whip in 2001. He was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine by the Taoiseach with this portfolio expanded to incorporate Defence (July 2014). In June 2017, Simon was appointed Deputy Leader of Fine Gael, following the resignation of Enda Kenny from the role of Taoiseach and subsequent leadership challenge. He became Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade with special responsibility for Brexit in the new cabinet when Leo Varadkar T.D. assumed the role of Taoiseach and Leader of Fine Gael.On 30 November 2017, Simon was appointed Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit.