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Charlie McConalogue, Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Charlie McConalogue

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Donegal North East

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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

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

Strike action could be prevented through Ministerial intervention - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD is calling for direct talks between the Education Minister and the teachers unions in a bid to avert 2 one day strikes at thousands of schools across the country. He’s also urging the unions to withdraw the threat of strike action if the talks are facilitated. Read More | Share

Education Minister must act to prevent school strikes – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister to intervene to prevent widespread strike action by second-level teachers. Members of the TUI and ASTI are threatening one-day strikes after rejecting the latest proposals on Junior Cert reform. Read More | Share

Junior Cert reforms warrant further discussions - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD is calling on teachers unions to give serious consideration to the latest proposals on Junior Cert Reform. The changes put forward by Minister O’Sullivan mark a significant shift in policy from the proposals adopted by her predecessor, and have the potential to see a much improved Junior Cert programme implemented. Read More | Share

Fianna Fáil welcomes belated Govt u-turn on Junior Cert reforms

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has said he is disappointed to see the breakdown of talks over reform of the junior cert but has welcomed the Government’s u-turn on independent assessment and state certification. Read More | Share

Govt puts rheumatology clinic on backburner with fresh excuses – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government and HSE of coming up with new excuses to delay the re-opening of the rheumatology clinic at Letterkenny General Hospital. Read More | Share

Donegal waiting lists soar as health crisis deepens – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue TD says patients in Donegal are being failed by the lack of Government action in tackling hospital waiting lists in the region. The latest figures from the HSE reveal that 2,441 people were waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment at Letterkenny General Hospital in August. That’s an increase of over 100 on July’s figures, and a jump of almost 1,500 in the past six months. 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.