Mayo TD, Dara Calleary, has been appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Michaél Martin has today appointed Dara Calleary as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine after last nights shock sacking of Barry Cowen.
Barry Cowen was removed from the office last night by Martin after he failed to come before the Dáil to answer questions in regards to a drink-driving case in 2016. Earlier in the day, Martin backed Cowen only to sack him later yesterday evening.
Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary, TD was appointed Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport in June 2020. The Mayo representative who has been Michaél Martin’s right-hand man was overlooked by the new Taoiseach when the original appointment of Ministers was made on 27 June but was appointed party Chief Whip which will now be taken by Dublin TD Jack Chambers.
A native of Ballina, Dara Calleary was first elected to the Dáil at the 2007 General Election for Fianna Fáil.
In April 2009 Deputy Calleary was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Labour Affairs under the then Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, brother of the recently sacked, Barry Cowen.
In March 2010, Calleary was appointed Minister of State at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Finance with responsibility for Public Service Transformation until the minority government was dissolved.
After the 2011 General Election, Calleary was re-elected to Dáil Éireann in February 2011 and again in 2016 serving as Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice, Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and most recently Public Expenditure & Reform.
In March 2018, Dara was appointed Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil and Director of Policy Development.
The office of Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will be Calleary’s first senior appointment in Government and comes at a time when the industry is facing a major crisis from the knock-on effects of Brexit and the COVID-19 crisis.