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It is a shame that Simon Coveney won't get to enjoy the fruits of his quiet diplomacy, but at least he'll still have a seat in the Irish cabinet, writes Alban Maginness

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Respected politician: Simon Coveney has won fans in the UK and around Europe

Respected politician: Simon Coveney has won fans in the UK and around Europe

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Respected politician: Simon Coveney has won fans in the UK and around Europe

Apart from Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney is probably the best known southern politician north of the border. He is a Corkman with an engaging smile, but with a serious manner.

An impressive speaker, he is well informed and anxious to learn more about any subject under discussion. His earnest, but down-to-earth manner appeals to the political psyche of northern unionists.

He is doggedly committed to helping the north and advancing the cause of reconciliation. His understanding of northern politics is second to none.