Minister Dara Calleary

  • The Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary has resigned.

    He has just told Midwest News that he tendered his resignation to the Taoiseach and it has been accepted.

    He apologised last night for going to a golf event attended by 80 people that broke Covid 19 guidelines.

    The minister admitted he shouldn't have gone to the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner at a hotel in Clifden, Co. Galway on Wednesday.

    The government's guidelines state only six people can attend indoor gatherings - with some exceptions for up to 50 people.

  • There will be no party or gatherings to welcome home the new Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine when he returns this evening to his native Ballina.

    That was confirmed to Midwest News this morning by local Fianna Fail councillor Annie Mae Reape.

    The councillor said that the local community is delighted and proud of Dara’s new appointment, but added that it is his stated position that he now wants to get on with the job and in keeping with the Covid 19 restrictions on gatherings, does not want any celebration/ party at this time.

    Cllr Reape says she agrees, however, she says it is a great result for Ballina and Mayo.

    She described the new Minister’s portfolio as very significant for this region and said they will be celebrating Dara’s achievement at a future date, when appropriate.