Tributes paid to Minister Creed's father

Donal Creed
Donal Creed

Ralph Riegel

TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran former Fine Gael TD and junior minister Donal Creed, who has died.

Mr Creed (93), the father of current Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, died after a short illness yesterday in his native Cork.

The politician was renowned for boasting one of the most efficient political 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 among the best in the country.

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

He served as a junior minister at the Departments of Environment and Education 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.

The father of seven 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.

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