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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

Minister must prioritise expansion of DEIS programme – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to extend the DEIS programme to more schools, following an ESRI report which found the programme was leading to better outcomes for students in disadvantages areas. Read More | Share

Regressive guidance cuts must be reversed – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD says Junior Cert students are losing out on essential guidance counselling because of regressive Government cuts. Teachers say they’ve been forced to cut back on the time allocated to Junior Cert students as a result of the changes brought in in 2012. Deputy McConalogue is backing the ASTI’s call for the restoration of full guidance services, which is being put to its members at its annual conference tomorrow. Read More | Share

FF calls for immediate action on spiralling class sizes

Fianna Fáil has warned that failure to act on spiralling class sizes will result in a major deterioration of education outcomes. The party’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue is calling on the Government to commit to reducing class sizes in next year’s Budget. It follows reports that a quarter of all classrooms now have more than 30 pupils. Read More | Share

Rushed Junior Cert reforms are a recipe for disaster – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to listen to concerns of teachers and principals and rethink her decision to press ahead with the Junior Cycle reforms without the agreement of teachers. Deputy McConalogue commented, “Minister O’Sullivan has botched the implementation of these important measures by attempting to railroad through reforms without listening to concerns of teachers, parents and students themselves. She has also significantly underestimated the resources that are needed for these curriculum and assessment changes. Read More | Share

McConalogue demands extra resources for Ramelton Garda Station

Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConlogue has called on the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to allocate additional resources to Ramelton Garda Station. The station, which has two Gardai attached to it, has been forced to close during office hours, because of staffing issues. Read More | Share

Minister must revoke funding threat until POD fears are allayed – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister to withdraw her threat to penalise schools whose pupils are not enrolled on the Primary Online Database. Minister Jan O’Sullivan plans to cut funding to schools should parents fail to hand over their children’s data to the centralised system, despite a number of serious concerns about data protection issues being raised. Read More | Share

Govt reaping rewards of botched teacher engagement on Junior Cert reform – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue has said the Government has only itself to blame for the current state of relations with teacher representatives regarding reform of the Junior Cert. Read More | Share

Government must commit to second breast cancer consultant at LGH – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Health to provide a guarantee on the future of breast cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital and to immediately commit to appointing a second breast cancer consultant. Read More | Share

Spectre of closure remains for small schools – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue says the spectre of closure still remains for many small schools in rural Ireland. Read More | Share

McConalogue welcomes appointment of mediator to chair talks on future of NOWDOC services

Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the appointment of a mediator to chair talks on the future of NOWDOC services in the county. 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.