Charlie McConalogue from Donegal has been appointed the new Minister for Agticulture, Food and the Marine
Charlie McConalogue of Fianna Fail has been appointed as the new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at this afternoon’s reconvened Dáil.
The Donegal TD will succeed Deputy Dara Calleary TD, who resigned last month over his attendance at the Óireachtas golf society dinner in Clifden, Co Galway.
Deputy McConalogue was favourtie for the position as he served as the Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine during the last government.
The golf event in Clifden also led to the eventually resignation of EU Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan and saw other politicians fall by the wayside over the debacle.
Mr McConalogue is the third Fianna Fáil TD to take on the role since the Government came to power in June which is just 67 days ago.
Barry Cowen was sacked in July following the controversy over a drink-driving ban he received four years ago.
James Browne will succeed Mr McConalogue as Minister of State at the Department of Justice.
The Taoiseach said Mr McConalogue will discharge his role with distinction, saying he had a broad knowledge of agricultural issues. McConalogue was born in October 1977 and is from Gleneely in Co Donegal.
Mr Martin said he takes on the role at the time when agriculture and marine face many, including Brexit and the negotiation of a new Common Agricultural Policy deal.
In June, he was elevated to the role of Minister for State at the Department of Justice following the formation of coalition Government.