Michael Ring was appointed Minister for Rural and Community Development in June 2017. Prior to this he served as Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from May 2016 and from 2011 to 2016 served as Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Tourism and Sport.
He represents the Mayo constituency, where he was first elected to the Dáil in a bye-election in 1994. Michael has held a number of senior Front Bench positions with Fine Gael and has been acknowledged for his outstanding work as a backbencher and contributor to Dáil debates by a number of media outlets. He is a former member of Westport Urban District Council and Mayo County Council.