Michael Creed

Michael Creed (born 29 June 1963) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine since May 2016. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork North-West constituency since 2007, and previously from 1989 to 2002.[1]

Michael Creed

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Assumed office
6 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Leo Varadkar
Preceded bySimon Coveney
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
May 2007
In office
June 1989  May 2002
ConstituencyCork North-West
Personal details
Born (1963-06-29) 29 June 1963
Macroom, County Cork, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Sinéad Creed (m. 1999)
RelationsDonal Creed (Father)
EducationSt. Colman's College, Fermoy
Alma mater

He is the son of the former TD and Minister of State, Donal Creed.


Born in Macroom in 1963. Creed was educated at St. Colman's College, Fermoy and De La Salle College, in Macroom. He went on to third level at University College Cork and the College of Commerce, Rathmines.[2] His qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts, Higher Diploma of Education and a Diploma in Legal Studies.[3]

He became a member of Cork County Council in 1987. He served as a County Councillor until 2007. He was Chairman of Cork County Council from 2005 to 2006.[4] He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 general election and retained his seat at each election until losing it at the 2002 general election, to his Fine Gael running mate Gerard Murphy.[5] He was Chairman of the Dáil Small Business and Services Committee from 1995 to 1997. He was party Spokesperson on Education, Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht in 1994, Health 1989 to 1993, Youth and Sport 1993 to 1994. After regaining his Dáil seat at the 2007 general election, at the expense of Gerard Murphy,[5] he was party spokesperson on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 2007 to 2010.[6] At the 2011 general election he held his seat after topping the poll in the first preference vote.[5]

In June 2010, he supported Richard Bruton's leadership challenge to Enda Kenny. Following Kenny's victory in a motion of confidence, Creed was not re-appointed to the front bench.[7]

Upon Fine Gael forming a coalition government with the Labour Party in March 2011, to the surprise of many Creed remained as a backbench TD. He remained as a backbencher during the entire duration of the 31st Dáil.

He was again elected to the Dáil at the 2016 general election. Following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government in May 2016, Creed was appointed to the cabinet as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.[8]


  1. "Michael Creed". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  2. "About - Michael Creed TD". Michael Creed's website. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  3. "Oireachtas Deputy Michael Creed". Irish Gov, 18 September 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. "Michael Creed TD". finegael.ie. Retrieved 8 May 2016
  5. "Michael Creed". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  6. "[Agriculture, Fisheries and Food]". Agriland Media Ltd.
  7. O'Sullivan, David (6 May 2016). "Cork TD Michael Creed appointed 'Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine'". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  8. "Frances Fitzgerald is Tánaiste in new Cabinet". RTÉ News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
Preceded by
Donal Creed
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork North-West
Succeeded by
Gerard Murphy
(Fine Gael)
Preceded by
Gerard Murphy
(Fine Gael)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Cork North-West
Political offices
Preceded by
Simon Coveney
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
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