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

Government continues to attack education services in Budget 2015 – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue TD says today’s budget will continue to undermine education services at primary, secondary and third level. Read More | Share

Govt education spend will not tackle key issues - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD says Government proposals to fund 1,000 extra teachers will do nothing to improve the rising class sizes in our schools. According to media reports at the weekend, Minister Jan O’Sullivan will be allocated funds to recruit more teachers, but the additional posts will not address the increasing pupil-teacher ratios. Read More | Share

FF prioritises class sizes and small schools in pre-Budget submission – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says education is at the heart of his party’s pre-Budget plans for 2015. The proposals, published today, will support and enhance our education sector by investing in key areas, particularly at primary level. Read More | Share

Minister must engage with teachers to avoid industrial unrest - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister to engage meaningfully with teachers unions to find a solution to the ongoing industrial unrest over the Junior Cert reform. His comments come after 84% of ASTI members voted overwhelmingly to extend their industrial action because of a lack of progress on the issue. Read More | Share

Donegal businesses need protection from unregulated vulture funds – McConalogue

Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has said the sale of SMEs loans held by Danske Bank highlights the dangers businesses in Donegal are facing when dealing with debts and credit access. His comments follow reports that the bank is planning on selling off over €500m of SME loans to a vulture fund. Read More | Share

University rankings should act as deterrent to education cuts – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue is warning the Government not to target the third level sector in the upcoming budget. The latest university rankings show there is now only one Irish university – Trinity College Dublin - in the world’s top 200. Read More | Share

McConalogue demands immediate re-instatement of Rheumatology Service at Letterkenny General Hospital

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue has called on the Health Minister and the North West Hospital Group to immediately set a date for the reinstatement of rheumatology services at Letterkenny General Hospital. Read More | Share

Schools to suffer as Govt drops essential grant – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue says parents will be forced to pay for essential upgrade works in schools following the exclusion of the Minor Works Grant from the Department of Education’s 2014/15 Primary Grant calendar. The grant, which provides funding for maintenance and upgrade works, was temporarily re-instated after being suspended in 2012. The Donegal Deputy is calling for the Minister to restore the grant on a permanent basis. Read More | Share

Govt exploiting Education workers – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue says he’s outraged that the Department of Education is allowing teachers and Special Needs Assistants to be recruited through the Government’s JobBridge scheme. Read More | Share

McConalogue congratulates Junior Cert students

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue has congratulated the 60,000 students who are receiving their Junior Cert results today. 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.