Westport TD get portfolio with responsibility for Tourism and Sport
Westport TD Ring has been appointed as the new Junior Minister for Tourism and Sport in the new Fine Gael /Labour coalition government.
The new Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the 15 new Ministers of State this afternoon, with Fine Gael getting nine junior positions and Labour getting six positions.
Michael Ring had been passed over for a senior ministry position yesterday but is one of two junior ministers at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Ring, who was first elected to the Dáil in 1994, takes charge of tourism and sport while Labour’s Alan Kelly will look after public and commuter transport.
John O’Malley a Fine Gael councillor from Westport and a close confidant of Michael Ring told The Mayo News that the Westport TD will be very happy with his appointment and expects him to excel in his post.
“This is a good time to be a Junior Minister for Tourism because it is one industry that needs attention and improvement and Michael will be in a position to make it a better industry. Tourism is an industry that can improve in the west of Ireland and he will be very happy with that. There is no doubt he will excel in this position and who knows if there is a reshuffle in two or three years time he will be elevated to a senior ministry,” he said.
Mayo native Lucinda Creighton has always been appointed as a Minister of State with responsibility for European Affairs.
Other TD’s from the West who will serve as a Minister of State include, Dinny McGinley from Donegal who have responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs, Sligo’s John Perry will have responsibility for Small Business and Ciaran Cannon from Galway will be Junior Minister for Training and Skills.