The father of Minister for agriculture, Michael Creed, has died today after a short battle with illness.
Former Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister, Donal Creed, died in his native Cork this morning, at the age of 93. The politician was best known for the work he carried out for a twenty year period, between 1960 and 1980.
Donal Creed gained his first Dáíl election back in 1965, as part of the Cork Mid West constituency. This seat he held until the early 80’s, when his constituency area was changed. Mr. Creed also held a role as Junior minister, for the Department of Environment in 1981, a role he held for one year altogether.
This wasn’t his only spell as a junior minister though, as he also served as one for a five year period, for the Department of Education and Health. This position he held from 1981 to 1986. Donal went onto become chairman of his party in 1987, while also serving on the European Parliament for a four year period, starting 1973.
Donal then retired from his duties in 1989, following a career spanning almost 30 years. His son, Michael, is now the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
His funeral is due to take place next Monday. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family during this tough time.