Simon Coveney

Simon Coveney TD is a former Tánaiste (2017-2020), and most recently before stepping down from Cabinet – Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He has also served as Deputy Leader of Fine Gael. Prior to December 2022, Simon was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence.  He previously served as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government as well as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Simon was first elected to the Dáil in 1998, to represent Cork South Central.

Simon was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 and was a member of the EPP-ED group. 

Simon was a member of Cork County Council from 1999 to 2003.