Senator Michael ComiskeySeanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Marine & Food

Michael was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2011. He has been involved in public life for over 20 years. He lives on a farm in Newtownmanor on the Sligo/Leitrim border with his wife Elizabeth. They have five sons. Michael was a candidate in the 2007 General Election and while he did not get elected, he managed to secure a very impressive 8000 votes.

He was nominated the REHAB Leitrim Person of the Year in 2001 and has also been a member of the Leitrim Development Company and the County Development Board. Michael was also the Chair of the Fine Gael National Agriculture Committee.

Comiskey welcomes €2 billion EU boost for Irish farming and rural jobs

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo Leitrim and the Party’s Spokesperson for Agriculture in the Seanad Michael Comiskey has today (Wednesday) welcomed the European Commission’s formal approval for Ireland's €2 billion Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, under the revised Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

Festival funding a welcome lift to Sligo Tourism - Comiskey

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo Leitrim, Michael Comiskey, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, that the Government will provide €43, 500 to support festivals in Sligo this year. This follows the announcement that funding of €564,000 has been approved by Fáilte Ireland to support 187 regional festivals and events taking place this year. Today’s news follows earlier announcements of almost €2.3m for 27 large national festivals throughout Ireland in 2015.

Reformed CAP good for Young Farmers – Comiskey

Fine Gael Sligo Leitrim Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Comiskey today (Monday), following the release of statistics by the CSO, indicating that less than 6% of farmers in Ireland are now under 35 years, highlighted measures of the reformed common agriculture programmes aimed at encouraging young farmers into the industry.

Comiskey welcomes new Rural Development Programme as part of €12.5 billion support for Agricultural sector

Fine Gael Sligo Leitrim Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Comiskey today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation that €1.9 billion in national funding would be available to add to €2.2billion of EU funding in order to design a new rural development programme for the period 2014 – 2020. This funding forms part of the overall €12.5 billion in Common Agricultural Policy and exchequer funding to the agricultural sector under the new CAP programme.