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Charlie McConalogue, Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Charlie McConalogue

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Constituency

Donegal North East

Contact

Constituency Office:
Chapel Street,
Carndonagh,
Co. Donegal

Tel: 074 9373131
Fax: 074 9373133

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

Concerns about removal of independent junior cycle assessment must not be ignored – FF

Fianna Fáil has accused the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn of engaging in a personal crusade to abolish all independent assessment at junior cycle level. Read More | Share

Number of one-teacher schools set to jump from 8 to 60 as a result of Govt cuts – FF

The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has confirmed to Fianna Fáil that the number of one teacher schools in the country could jump from 8 to as high as 60 from September, as a result of Government increases to pupil teacher thresholds. Read More | Share

FF calls on Quinn to engage meaningfully with teachers

The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has called on the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to engage meaningfully with secondary school teachers who have begun industrial action today in a row over Junior Cert reform. Read More | Share

McConalogue demands Diabetes Centre of Excellence for children in North West

Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has claimed that children with diabetes living in Donegal are the victims of a severe injustice due the lack of services available to them in the region. Speaking on a special debate on the matter in the Dáil this week, Deputy McConalogue said Donegal children are expected to regularly make an 8-hour round trip to attend one of 5 centres of excellence in the country all of which are below the Galway-Dublin line. Read More | Share

Quinn must compromise on Junior Cycle assessment as teachers vote for industrial action – FF

Fianna Fáil has said it’s regrettable that secondary school teachers are now moving to take industrial action over the Government’s refusal to consult them about major Junior Cert reforms. It comes after members of the ASTI and TUI voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. Read More | Share

FF calls for compromise on independent Junior Cert assessment

Fianna Fáil has called on the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to back away from abolishing all independent assessment at junior cycle level. The party has accused Minister Quinn of jeopardising positive reform of the Junior Certificate by allowing an unnecessary dispute to develop with teachers. Read More | Share

McConalogue slams Govt complacency on doctor shortage at LGH

Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has said he is ‘appalled’ at the Health Minister’s response to chronic doctor shortages at Letterkenny General Hospital. Read More | Share

FF urges Govt to consider redress scheme for school abuse victims

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to consider establishing a redress scheme for victims of abuse within the school system. Read More | Share

Quinn cites cost as major factor for removing Junior Cert State exam – FF

The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has cited cost as a major factor for abolishing independent State assessment at Junior Cert level. Read More | Share

76% of schools left high & dry as Quinn refuses to open up school book initiative – FF

The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has refused to back down on his decision to exclude 76% of schools from the new school book rental initiative. 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.