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

McConalogue pays tribute to former Taoiseach and FF Leader Albert Reynolds

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue has expressed his sadness at the passing of former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil Leader Albert Reynolds. Read More | Share

Support for CoderDojo needs to be explored – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue is calling on the Education Minister to explore what options are in place to support the CoderDojo project. The Foundation, which runs free not-for-profit coding clubs (Dojos) for young people, is seeking more investment so that it can expand. Read More | Share

McConalogue congratulates Leaving Cert students

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Charlie McConalogue TD, has extended his congratulations to the 57,000 students who are getting Leaving Cert results today. Read More | Share

ESRI Study Highlights Error of Government Decision on Guidance Counsellors – FF

Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue TD has responded to the publication of ESRI’s study on post school transition, pointing out that its conclusions support Fianna Fáil’s criticism of the Government decision to cut funding for guidance counsellors. Read More | Share

Low level of apprenticeships will have major impact on Govt housing targets- McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed alarm at the low level of apprentices signing up for programmes in the construction sector. According to reports this morning only 10 plasterers, bricklayers and painter/decorators will qualify in their trades in 2018, despite a planned construction drive over the next 10 years. Read More | Share

Delays in returning medical cards costs families up to €650 in school transport fees – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says HSE delays in returning discretionary medical cards to families is costing them as much as €650 in school transport fees. A Government u-turn in the aftermath of the local elections promised that cards would be returned to those who lost them between July 2011 and May 2014 during a Department of Health review. However, figures released this week indicate that just over 10,000 of the 18,000 people who had discretionary cards removed, have had them reimbursed. Read More | Share

McConalogue Calls on Bus Éireann to Review School Transport Scheme

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue TD has called on Bus Éireann to review the renewal process for the school transport scheme and allow applicants the option to apply and pay for bus tickets by Post. Read More | Share

10% of teachers have not completed Junior Cycle reform training – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue has expressed concern that 10% of English teachers have not completed training programmes ahead of the roll out of new Junior Cert reforms, due to begin this September. The Donegal North East Deputy says this further highlights the need for the start date of the reforms to be delayed for a year. Read More | Share

FF calls for Junior Cert reform to be suspended for one year

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has called on new Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to engage meaningfully with secondary school teachers over Junior Cert reform. Read More | Share

Orthodontic waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital are unacceptable – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue says the current waiting list for orthodontic treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital is completely unacceptable. Figures released to the Donegal Deputy reveal that 177 people, the majority of whom are children, have been waiting more than a year to see a consultant. 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.