I see that there is no Agriculture forum so I will just post in the Oireachtas forum.
Labour are hoping for a Gimore Gale at the next general election but I would say that even if they get one while they may be the biggest party in Dublin and some other urban areas they will still be behind both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in rural areas.
So surely Labour would want to have one of their members being Minister for Agriculture, no? The Labour Minister would probably also have one other party Junior Minister in the Department also. If the Ministers do a good job in the Department it will be good for the party in rural areas. Currently Labour are seen as an urban party by most rural people I think but this could change.
Has a Labour member even ever been a Minister for Agriculture in Ireland?