Simon Coveney TD has more than 20 years’ experience in politics and key positions within departments including Communications, Marine & Natural Resources and as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. In 2016, he co-chaired the successful Programme for Government talks with different Independent groupings and Fianna Fail.
On the formation of the new government in 2016, Simon Coveney TD sought the Housing portfolio, determined to put his energies in to tackling the dire challenges of homelessness and housing shortage. He was appointed by the Taoiseach to the position of Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government in May 2016. By July 2016, he had launched the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, with ambitious targets to tackle homelessness, accelerate social housing, build more new homes, better utilising existing housing stock and improving the rental sector.
On 30 November 2017, Simon was appointed Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit.