Michael Creed retains his role as Minister for Agriculture

Fine Gael TD, Michael Creed, has retained his role as the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

It came following the Dail chose to elect Leo Varadkar as the next Taoiseach yesterday; the Fine Gael TD was elected on a count of 57 votes for to 50 votes against, with 45 deputies abstaining.

While some ministerial changes were expected, Michael Creed will resume his role as the Minister for Agriculture.

Creed was first elected as a TD in 1989, but lost his seat in 2002. He was re-elected in 2007 and he took over his current ministerial position in May of last year.

The Macroom native has also held several positions on the Fine Gael front-bench; Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between 2007 and 2010, and Health; Youth and Sport; Education; and Arts, Culture and the 1990s.

Minister Creed is a former member of Cork County Council; his father Donal also served as a TD as well as a Minister of State.

Commenting on his reappointment to Cabinet, Minister Creed said, “I am honoured and humbled to have been reappointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine by the new Taoiseach and I thank him sincerely for his trust in me. I have been privileged to serve in this Department over the past year and have strived to meet the significant challenges facing farm families, fishing communities, and the agri-food sector as a whole.”

Adding, “I am confident that the foundations I have laid and the relationships I have developed, since my initial appointment as Minister, will stand me in good stead as we face in to the commencement of the Brexit negotiation process. On this special day for me personally, I wish to reiterate my unrelenting commitment to serving all involved in our agri-food and fisheries sector from primary producers to worldwide exporters.”

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