Former Minister for Agriculture passes away.


The Former Minister for Agriculture, Austin Deasy, passed away over the weekend.

Former Minister for Agriculture passes away.

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The Former Minister for Agriculture, Austin Deasy, passed away over the weekend.

Mr. Deasy, a Waterford native and TD, served as Minister for Agriculture between 1982 and 1987.

He also served as a public representative in his native Waterford for over 20 years.

His funeral was attended by hundreds, who turned out to pay their respects to the former Fine Gael minister.

The former minister and his contribution to the industry were commended by the IFA President, Joe Healy.

The IFA President expressed his sympathies to his wife Kathleen and his children, before acknowledging the work Austin had done for Agriculture.

Joe Healy noted the negotiation of the milk quota scheme, of which Deasy was heavily involved, as some of the good work undertaken By Mr. Deasy.


He said, “The key issue during Austin Deasy’s time in Agriculture came in 1983/84, when the EU negotiated the milk quota regime. IFA launched a major campaign at the time, insisting that milk production was a vital national interest for Ireland”.

Joe Healy also said the diplomatic efforts of the Government meant that Ireland received a significant increase in the level of quota. Which was approx. 20% above what the Commission had proposed at the time.

He concluded by saying, “Through Garret FitzGerald and Austin Deasy, the Irish Government had made a strong case and this resulted in major concessions in the final quota agreement.”


Minister Creed also spoke of his saddness at his passing and his Admiration for Austin. He said “I’m saddened to have learned of the passing of my former colleague, and one of my predecessors as Minister for Agriculture Austin Deasy."

He added that Austin was a significant presence in Dáil Éireann during his early career as a TD, and said he always admired his robust forthright approach to politics.


Minister Creed said he will be remembered fondly not only in his native Waterford but amongst the agricultural community across the Country.


Mr.Creed concluded by offering his sympathies to the Deasy family, "My sympathies go to his family, particularly his son, our friend and colleague John.

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