Creed 'honoured and humbled' to have been reappointed Minister for Agriculture
Following his election as Taoiseach earlier today, Leo Varadkar confirmed that Michael Creed will remain as Minister for Agriculture.
Independent.ie understands that Agriculture Minister Michael Creed was the first to get the call from the newly appointed leader.
Commenting following his appointment Creed said he was "honoured and humbled to have been reappointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine by the new Taoiseach and I thank him sincerely for his trust in me.
" I have been privileged to serve in this Department over the past year and have strived to meet the significant challenges facing farm families, fishing communities, and the agri-food sector as a whole.
"I am confident that the foundations I have laid and the relationships I have developed, since my initial appointment as Minister, will stand me in good stead as we face in to the commencement of the Brexit negotiation process.
"On this special day for me personally, I wish to reiterate my unrelenting commitment to serving all involved in our agri-food and fisheries sector from primary producers to worldwide exporters,” he said.
Mr Creed, a Fine Gael TD for Cork North-West, had been expected to back his Cork neighbour Simon Coveney in the leadership contest, but on the day the bulk of the Cabinet declared for Leo Varadkar, Creed remained notably silent.
The Macroom-based TD has since refused to say who he voted for, insisting that it was done by secret ballot.