Thursday 22 February 2018

Charlie Weston: He won't admit it, but Creed has raised stakes

Minister Michael Creed. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister Michael Creed. Photo: Tony Gavin
Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

Just how appropriate is it for a cabinet minister to lobby independent regulators in the Central Bank about a constituency matter?

That is the question thrown up by revelations that Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Michael Creed went to the Central Bank to lobby on behalf of a credit union in his constituency, Charleville.

The Cork North West TD insisted he was attending the meeting in his capacity as a Fine Gael Dáil deputy for his constituents, and not in his capacity as a minister who sits at Cabinet. But is it really credible that anyone in the room would forget that he is a minister?

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