Cork North West poll topper appointed as Minister.
MACROOM-BASED Fine Gael TD Michael Creed (52) has been appointed as Minister for Agriculture by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The Cork North West poll-topper in the general election that was held ten weeks ago today has been rehabilitated politically with this Cabinet appointment after being involved in the failed party leadership heave against Mr Kenny in 2010. He replaces former Agriculture Minister, fellow Corkman Simon Coveney, who was also involved in the same heave and is set to take over the new Housing and Planning Department.
Son of former Fine Gael TD and junior minister, Donal, Michael Creed was first elected to the Dáil in 1989, but lost his seat in the 2002 general election before regaining it in 2007 and retaining it at the last two elections in 2011 and 2016.