|Minister of State
for Tourism and Sport
10 March 2011
|Preceded by||New office|
June 1994 – June 1997
24 December 1953 |
Westport, County Mayo
|Political party||Fine Gael|
Michael Ring (born 24 December 1953) is an Irish Fine Gael politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Mayo constituency since June 1994, and is the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.
Ring was born in Fr. Angelus Park, Westport. He attended the local C.B.S. school and later Westport vocational school.
A former auctioneer, he first stood for election to Dáil Éireann at the 1992 general election but was unsuccessful. He was first elected to the Dáil at a by-election in June 1994 for the Mayo West constituency, caused by the appointment of Pádraig Flynn as European Commissioner. He has been returned at every election since, most recently at the 2011 general election.
Ring previously served on the Fine Gael front bench as spokesperson on Social and Family affairs from 2002 to 2004, and Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2007 to 2010. He was a member of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. He was a member of Mayo County Council from 1999 to 2004. Ring was "named Magill magazine Heckler of the year in 2006 for effectively challenging the government with unique style of street wit and lively heckling."
On 10 March 2011, he was appointed as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.
|Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Mayo West
|New constituency||Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Mayo
|New office||Minister of State for Tourism and Sport