I wish to pay tribute to the memory of Donal Creed, long time Fine Gael TD for Mid Cork, who has died.

When I first entered the Dail in 1969, Donal was the Fine Gael Spokesman on Agriculture. He had a deep understanding of farming matters and was a highly credible spokesman. I was secretary of the party’s Agriculture Committee, and I learned much from him.

As Minister for Sport in Garret FitzGerald’s government, he pioneered the creation of the National Lottery, which helped transform cultural and sporting life in Ireland and continues to do so to this day. Donal Creed’s name deserves to be remembered by all those who have benefitted from Lottery funds.

My abiding memory of Donal Creed is of a courteous, honourable, and dedicated public servant.