Taoiseach and Cabinet to honour FG stalwart Creed

Former Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Donal Creed has passed away at 93.
Former Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Donal Creed has passed away at 93.

Ralph Riegel

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and senior Cabinet ministers are set to briefly put aside Ireland's political crisis today to pay tribute to veteran former Fine Gael TD and minister, Donal Creed (93), the father of Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

Senior Government figures are expected to attend the Requiem Mass of Mr Creed who was famed within Fine Gael for never having lost a major election between the 1960s and 1980s.

Senior Fianna Fáil TDs will also be in attendance to honour the fact that Mr Creed had been very friendly with some of the party's highest profile Cork members including the late former Taoiseach Jack Lynch.

Mr Creed died last Friday and his Requiem Mass will be celebrated today (Monday) in St Colman's Church in his native Macroom, Co Cork.

He served as a councillor, TD, minister, MEP and as chairman of the Fine Gael Party with his funeral likely to prove a who's who of the Irish political world.

Mr Creed was removed to St Colman's Church on Saturday with several thousand mourners in attendance.

Amongst those who attended to pay their respects was Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.

Mr Varadkar is set to lead a strong Government contingent to the funeral today.

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President Michael D Higgins is expected to be represented by his aide-de-camp.

Mr Creed is survived by his wife, Madeleine, and children Marcella, Michelle, Michael, Madeleine, Suzanne and Louise.

He is also survived by his sister, Eileen, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Over his career, the politician built up one of the most efficient party organisations nationwide which he operated from his base in Macroom, Co Cork from the 1960s until the 1980s.

Despite Fine Gael regularly being out-polled by Fianna Fáil in the three seat Cork North West constituency, efficient vote management would regularly see Fine Gael clinch two of the three seats on offer.

The local Fine Gael tally teams were also regarded as amongst the best in the country.

Mr Creed was first elected to the Dáil for the old Cork Mid West constituency in 1965.

He held a seat there until 1981 when boundary changes saw the constituency redrawn as Cork North West.

Mr Creed served as Junior Minister at the Department of the Environment from November 1981 to March 1982.

He also served as a Junior Minister in the Department of Education and Department of Health between 1981 and 1986.

Mr Creed also served in the European Parliament on Ireland's accession to the then-European Community from 1973-1977.

He went on to become chairman of the Fine Gael Party in 1987.

Mr Creed was renowned for his attention to constituency duties and his son, Michael, was comfortably elected to his old seat when he retired at the 1989 General Election.

Friends said one of his proudest moments was when his son Michael was elevated to full Cabinet level when he was appointed to the Department of Agriculture last year by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Creed was also a staunch ally of the late Tánaiste Peter Barry who, like himself, had also entered national politics in the 1960s.





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