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Thursday 22 August 2019

Tributes paid as Fine Gael veteran Donal Creed passes away at 93

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

TRIBUTES have been paid to veteran former Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Donal Creed (93).

Mr Creed, the father of current Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD, died after a short illness yesterday (Friday) 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 Fail 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.

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.

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.

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

Funeral details have yet to be announced but it is expected that his Requiem Mass will take place next Monday or Tuesday.

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