Charlie McConalogue named new Agriculture Minister as Fitzmaurice urges burning of TB letters

Charlie McConalogue has been named as the new Agriculture Minister.

The Donegal TD, who was previously Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture Spokesperson, succeeds Dara Calleary, who resigned over last month’s Oireachtas golf society dinner controversy.

He’s the third person to hold the position since the government was formed at the end of June.

Wexford TD James Browne will succeed Deputy McConalogue as Minister of State at the Department of Justice.

Roscommon Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice claimed one of the biggest issues that the new Minister faces is a threat to the forestry industry.

He claimed that 12,00 jobs are at stake and contractors are facing going bust.

The Independent TD also claimed that a letter recently sent to farmers about TB Herd History Risk Statements should be burned :