Charlie McConalogue, Spokesperson on Education and Skills

Charlie McConalogue

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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

McConalogue welcomes Govt climb down on Junior Cert reform

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue has welcomed the agreement reached between teachers unions and the Department of Education on Junior Cert reforms, but has criticised Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s handling of the situation. Read More | Share

Community venues, not schools should be used as polling stations – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue says the Government should explore alternative options for polling stations instead of forcing schools to close for elections and referenda. Hundreds of schools across the country are closed today as the country votes on two referenda and a bye-election. Read More | Share

Department’s hands off approach sees over 1,500 retired teachers taking up exam positions – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education & Skills Charlie McConalogue has hit out at the Education Minister after it emerged that retired teachers are still being hired for Superintendents and Examiners for the duration of the State exams. In response to a Parliamentary Question from Deputy McConalogue, it was revealed that more than 1,000 retired teachers were appointed as Superintendents and another 471 were employed as Examiners last year. Read More | Share

Govt allowing mental health services in Donegal to suffer – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has expressed concern about the provision of mental health services in Donegal after it emerged that GPs have been forced to suspend referrals to local addiction services as a result of staff shortages. Read More | Share

Letterkenny waiting list scandal continues unabated – FF

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says patients in Donegal are facing delayed diagnoses and poorer patient outcomes as a result of ever increasing waiting lists at Letterkenny General Hospital. Read More | Share

McConalogue calls for urgent action on Mica affected homes

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue is urging the Housing Minister to seriously consider a compensation package for homeowners in Donegal affected by Mica. As many as 2,000 homes are thought to have been built with these defective blocks, which have now resulted in major structural problems. Test results on the affected blocks, commissioned by the Mica Action Group, have been handed over to the Department of the Environment, and a technical analysis is due to be completed shortly. Read More | Share

McConalogue criticises delay in Donegal eFibre roll out

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has accused the Minister for Communications of neglecting homes and businesses in Donegal as many towns across the country are still unable to connect to an eFibre service. Protracted negotiations between the telecom providers and COMREG (the Communications Regulator) have stalled the roll out of the service, leading to much frustration and anger from customers. Read More | Share

Limited Leaving Cert reforms mask massive guidance crisis – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has criticised Minister Jan O’Sullivan for failing to progress reforms to the CAO and third level entry system. The changes, which will come into force in 2017, see a broader points scale introduced, but fall far short of the radical reforms which were promised. Read More | Share

McConalogue demands immediate reinstatement of Rheumatology Services at Letterkenny General Hospital

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

ETB and Dept of Education must work together to secure future for Colaiste Chineal Eoghain

Deputy Charlie McConalogue has strongly welcomed the unanimous decision of Donegal ETB members to keep Gaelcholaiste Chineal Eoghain in Buncrana open, but says the decision must be underpinned with a joint plan from Donegal ETB and the Department of Education to support the school into the future. 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.