Minister for Agriculture

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    Charlie McConalogue has been named as the new Agriculture Minister.

    The Donegal TD, who was previously Fianna Fáil's Agriculture Spokesperson, succeeds Dara Calleary, who resigned over last month's Oireachtas golf society dinner controversy.

    He's the third person to hold the position since the government was formed at the end of June.

    Wexford TD James Browne will succeed Deputy McConalogue as Minister of State at the Department of Justice.

    Taoiseach Michéal Martin nominated the new Agriculture Minister in the Dáil this afternoon.

     

  • There has been mixed reaction to the range of new measures announced by the government to combat the spread of Covid-19.

    The Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary gave his view on the rising numbers, the talk of disagreement within cabinet on the issue and the focus on getting the schools re-opened.

    The Mayo based Minister told Midwest News this morning and says he knows some of yesterday’s decisions will be unpopular but they were left with no other option.

    Minister Calleary says we are beginning to see cluster outbreaks associated with sporting events.

  • Mayo TD Dara Calleary is believed to be one of the front-runners to be appointed Minister for Agriculture, after Barry Cowen was sacked last night.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the move, after Mr Cowen refused to provide further public statements on his 2016 drink driving offence.

    Micheál Martin told the Dáil the Garda report he received on the matter yesterday raised additional issues that Barry Cowen refused to address publicly.

    He said this was untenable and undermined the work of the government.

    In a statement Barry Cowen said he was surprised and disappointed with the decision.

    He also queried why the Taoiseach backed him in the afternoon and withdrew that support the same night.

    Cowen strongly insists he did not try to evade gardaí when he was stopped for the drink driving offence, and said the decision has undermined and potentially prejudiced his entitlement to fair process.

    His successor will be appointed today.

    It could be Dara Calleary - although Charlie McConalogue and Galway's Anne Rabbitte are also believed to be in the running for the job.