Minister Michael Ring T.D.
Michael Ring T.D. was appointed Minister for Rural and Community Development in June 2017. Previously to that he served as Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from May 2016 and from 2011 to 2016 served as Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Tourism and Sport.
He represents the Mayo constituency, where he was first elected to the Dáil in a bye-election in 1994. Michael has held a number of senior Front Bench positions with Fine Gael and has been acknowledged for his outstanding work as a backbencher and contributor to Dáil debates by a number of media outlets. He is a former member of Westport Urban District Council and Mayo County Council
Minister of State Seán Canney
Seán Canney TD was appointed Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources on 16 October 2018.
Seán was elected to Dáil Éireann as an Independent TD for Galway East in 2016 and had served as Minister of State for OPW and Flood Relief from May 2016 until June 2017 before his latest appointment.
He had previously been a member of Galway County Council for three terms where he held various positions including Mayor of County Galway (2007-2008).
Seán is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and lectured at GMIT prior to his election to Dáil Eireann.