Simon Coveney Announces Retirement from Politics After 26 Years

Simon Coveney has announced that he will not run in the next general election. In a statement, he expressed gratitude to Fine Gael members in his Cork South-Central constituency, saying, “Being elected for 26 years has been the privilege of my life. I will forever be grateful for the faith people in Cork South-Central have put in me.”

Coveney, who previously stepped down from the Cabinet, highlighted the importance of renewal within Fine Gael. He believes his decision to step back has benefited the party, especially after Simon Harris took over the leadership. Coveney stated, “All my political career I have tried to do what’s right for Cork, for the country that I love and for our party that I’ve given my working life to since the age of 25.”

Taoiseach Simon Harris and Tánaiste Micheál Martin have both praised Coveney for his dedication and service. Harris called Coveney a friend and lauded his efforts during Brexit, while Martin acknowledged their constructive work relationship and Coveney’s commitment to public service.

As Coveney steps down, Fine Gael is preparing for a selection convention to choose his successor in Cork South-Central. John Mullins, Shane O’Callaghan, Des Cahill, and Jerry Buttimer are among those vying for the nomination.

The Cork South-Central constituency will see significant changes in the next election, including the departure of Michael McGrath and the addition of a fifth seat. Fine Gael aims to secure two seats in the constituency, but this may prove challenging without Coveney.

Coveney’s departure marks the end of a notable political career, having held various ministerial roles over 13 years, including enterprise, housing, foreign affairs, and agriculture. He now looks forward to new horizons outside of politics.

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