6 March 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Reaction from: Irish Farmers Association
IFA President Joe Healy this evening congratulated Macroom TD Michael Creed (Fine Gael) on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Wishing him well in the role, Joe Healy said he looked forward to an early meeting with Minister Creed to discuss the severe income crisis in farming and he expects a strong response from the new Minister for Agriculture.
Joe Healy said IFA will be working with the new Government, led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on the implementation of all of the measures on agriculture in the Programme for Government.
Reaction from: Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association
Meanwhile; ICSA president Patrick Kent has also congratulated Michael Creed on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Mr Kent said “Minister Creed has a challenging time ahead with numerous issues needing urgent attention, most notably the double threat of the Mercosur and TTIP deals and the detrimental effect they pose to the Irish beef industry.”
“ICSA looks forward to working with Minister Creed on these and many other issues affecting Irish farmers. We wish him well in his new role.”
Reaction from: Cork Politicians
Former Mayor of Cork County Cllr Alan Coleman has welcomed the appointment of two Government Ministers from Co Cork – Michael Creed and Simon Coveney. However Coleman has asked for Cork to be prioritised by the new Government. Coleman focused on Coveney who now has the Local Government and Housing portfolio.
“Cork has an opportunity to step up as a region and a key part of this project will be the progressing of the proposed merger of Cork County and City councils”
The newly appointed Minister Coveney will now have direct responsibility for Local Government and the ball is clearly in his court to progress this merger. The merger offers Cork an opportunity to become a more competitive region within Europe and indeed on the global stage. The joined councils will have the chance to offer people throughout our county and city better services as well as putting in place a clear strategic approach with joined up thinking between the city and county. I do hope that Minister Coveney can be decisive for the betterment of Cork’