Charlie McConalogue, the TD for the Donegal North–East constituency, has been appointed as Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on agriculture, food and the marine.
McConalogue is from a farming background in Gleneely, Co. Donegal and studied Economics, Politics and History at UCD.
After working in Fianna Fail Headquarters for a number of years, as well as working abroad in Australia, Charlie returned home to work on the family farm before officially running for political office in 2009 and was elected as a Donegal County Councillor.
In 2011, he was elected a TD for Donegal North East at the first time of asking and he is a former Fianna Fail spokesperson on children.
The new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has tweeted the new Fianna Fail spokesperson on agriculture his congratulations.
Congratulations @McConalogue on your new portfolio. Looking forward to working with you for the betterment of the sector!!
— Michael Creed TD (@creedcnw) May 18, 2016
McConalogue replaces outgoing agriculture spokesperson Eamon O Cuiv, the Galway West TD, who will now become the Fianna Fail spokesperson on regional development, rural affairs and the Gaeltacht.
O Cuiv has previously served as Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, with special responsibility for Rural Development.
Clare TD Timmy Dooley was appointed as the Fianna Fail spokesperson on communications, environment and natural resources.