Michael Ring

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Michael Ring
TD
Michael Ring 2012.jpg
Minister for Rural and Community Development
Assumed office
14 June 2017
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Preceded by New office
Minister of State for Regional Economic Development
In office
19 May 2016 – 14 June 2017
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Office abolished
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
In office
10 March 2011 – 19 May 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Patrick O'Donovan
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 1997
Constituency Mayo
Teachta Dála
In office
June 1994 – June 1997
Constituency Mayo West
Personal details
Born Michael John Ring
(1953-12-24) 24 December 1953 (age 63)
Westport, Mayo, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Fine Gael
Spouse(s) Anne Fitzgerald (m. 1992)
Children 3
Alma mater University College Galway
Website Official website

Michael John 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) since 1994, currently for the Mayo 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]

Ring was born in Westport and was educated at Westport CBS and the local vocational school. He later worked as an estate agent and auctioneer in Westport. 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.

After an initial period on the backbenches, Ring bolstered his political base by securing election to Mayo County Council in 1999. 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.[3] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr. Michael Ring". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael Ring". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "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
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Patrick O'Donovan
Minister of State for Regional Economic Development
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Vacant
Minister for Community and Rural Affairs
2017–present
Incumbent