Charlie McConalogue, Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Charlie McConalogue

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Tel: 074 9373131
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Email: charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie


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Personal Details

Born in October 1977. Charlie was educated at Carndonagh Community School before studying economics, politics and history at University College Dublin (NUID).

Local News

Govt compensation package falls short of what is required – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said he’s disappointed with the compensation package offered by the Government to victims of child sexual abuse. Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan announced a cap of €84,000 as well as a range of conditions, which will exempt some victims from applying for the compensation measures. Read More | Share

McConalogue calls for clarity on Mobility Allowance & Motorised Transport Grant

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has said it is ridiculous that a replacement scheme for the Mobility Allowance & Motorised Transport Grant has still not been finalised. Despite numerous queries about a replacement grant, the Minister for Health has refused to outline when a new scheme will be established. Read More | Share

Teachers understandably frustrated with Govt but strike action is not the answer – FF

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue commented, “I am disappointed that the ASTI and TUI have decided to go down the route of strike action while attempts are still being made to broker a fresh round of negotiations. I understand that teachers are frustrated, but their decision to stage a second day of action will result in 350,000 students being inconvenienced once again, especially the tens of thousands who are due to sit their mock exams in January and February. Read More | Share

Schools to suffer as Minister ignores essential works scheme – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has accused the Government of abandoning primary schools after Minister Jan O’Sullivan revealed that she is reallocating €35m from the primary budget to third level spending. As a result of the move, there will be no Summer Works Scheme allocation in 2015, and hundreds of schools across the country will be forced to find the money to pay for essential upgrade works. Read More | Share

McConalogue calls for urgent action on Mica affected homes

Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Environment Minister Alan Kelly to enter into discussions with homeowners affected by Mica. Deputy McConalogue raised the issue in the Dáil and stressed the need for Ministerial intervention in a bid to resolve the situation. Read More | Share

Third party intervention is only course to avert teachers’ strike – FF

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to initiate contact with the Labour Relations Commission with a view to averting next week’s strike action by teachers. Read More | Share

Schools need guarantee on Summer Works Scheme – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the announcement of a budget for the Minor Works Grant for next year but has raised concerns that no provision has been made for the Summer Works Scheme. Both programmes were taken off a permanent footing in 2012 in a round of budget cutbacks, and are now at the discretion of the Minister. Read More | Share

Hundreds of Donegal patients being left in limbo – McConalogue

Hundreds of Donegal patients are being failed by the HSE 2013 Outpatient Waiting List Initiative according to Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue. The scheme, which sees public patients treated in private hospitals, was set up in an effort to alleviate waiting times but is failing miserably. Read More | Share

Rates changes essential to revitalising Donegal businesses – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue says changes must be made to the current rates system to alleviate the burden on small and medium businesses in Donegal. Last week Fianna Fáil brought forward a Bill aimed at streamlining rates across the country. Read More | Share

Delays in Long Term Illness refunds must be urgently addressed - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue has called on the Health Minister to ensure that the HSE refunds money owed to people with Long Term Illness cards as soon as possible. Thousands of people are due a rebate after they were mistakenly charged for their prescriptions, and despite assurances that the money would be repaid, many people still have not had the rebate returned to them. Read More | Share

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Political Record

Current Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Previously served as Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs and was a member of the Joint Committee on Health and Children.

Charlie is now a member of the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection and also the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions.

Elected to Donegal County Council in June 2009 where he served as Deputy Mayor, Charlie went on to win a seat for Fianna Fáil in Donegal North East on his first attempt as a general election candidate.

Sustainable rural development through investment in key infrastructure projects such as broadband services required for job creation locally along with maximising natural resources to promote agriculture, fishing and tourism remain his key priorities along with accessible and well maintained health services for everyone.