Michael Ring

Michael Ring (born 24 December 1953) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Rural and Community Development since June 2017. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo constituency since 1997, and previously from 1994 to 1997 for the Mayo West constituency. He previously served as Minister of State for Regional Economic Development from 2016 to 2017 and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport from 2011 to 2016.[1][2]

Michael Ring

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Minister for Rural and Community Development
Assumed office
14 June 2017
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Preceded byNew office
Minister of State for Regional Economic Development
In office
19 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
In office
10 March 2011 – 19 May 2016
TaoiseachEnda Kenny
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byPatrick O'Donovan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 1997
ConstituencyMayo
In office
June 1994 – June 1997
ConstituencyMayo West
Personal details
Born (1953-12-24) 24 December 1953 (age 66)
Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Anne Fitzgerald (m. 1992)
Children3
Alma materUniversity College Galway

Ring was born in Westport, County Mayo, in 1953. He was educated at Westport CBS and the local vocational school. He later worked as an estate agent and auctioneer in Westport.[3] Ring was unsuccessful as a Fine Gael candidate in the Mayo West constituency in the 1992 general election. However, he was elected at his second attempt in a 1994 by-election.

He was appointed to the Fine Gael Front Bench in 2002, as Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs. Ring stepped down from the Front Bench in 2004, after a planned demotion, however, he returned in 2007 as Spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

After the formation of the Coalition Government in March 2011, Ring was appointed Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.[4] Following the formation of a Fine Gael minority government in May 2016, he was appointed Minister of State for Regional Economic Development. He was appointed to cabinet in June 2017, as Minister for Rural and Community Development.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michael Ring". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Michael Ring". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
  3. ^ Murtagh, Peter (28 February 2016). "Profile: Michael Ring (FG) - Mayo: Second TD elected of four". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "Michael Ring appointed Minister of State". Mayo News. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2017.

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Oireachtas
Preceded by
Pádraig Flynn
(Fianna Fáil)
Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Mayo West
19941997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Mayo
1997–present
Incumbent
Political offices
New office Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
2011–16
Succeeded by
Patrick O'Donovan
Minister of State for Regional Economic Development
2016–17
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Minister for Rural and Community Development
2017–present
Incumbent